Helen Klein Murillo  //  6/4/17  //  Topic Update


President Trump has interviewed two more candidates for FBI director: former Transportation Security Administration director John Pistole and Christopher Wray, former Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division (WaPo).

  • Most leadership at the State Department remains temporary and in limbo as the Trump administration struggles to fill key posts (WaPo).

To finally settle the jurisdictional bounds of the military commissions, The Supreme Court should grant certiorari in two Guantanamo appeals, argues Steve Vladeck (Just Security).

  • Steve and Bobby Chesney take a deep dive into military commissions on this week’s National Security Law Podcast (Lawfare).

The Department of Homeland Security has decided not to impose a ban on bringing laptops onto flights from Europe to the U.S. (Politico).

The D.C. Circuit recently struck down FAA drone regulations, leaving the future of drone regulation in flux, argue Russell Spivak and Ashley Deeks (Lawfare).


Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

President Trump's Guantánamo "policy" is best understood as an extension of his anti-Muslim bigotry, wrote Nimra Azmi and Sirine Shebaya at Take Care. The terrorist watchlist statistics from last week's DOJ and DHS exaggerate the threat of terrorism, argued Harsha Panduranga at Just Security. The Pentagon's new National Defense Strategy contains notable omissions related to climate change and the use of special operations forces.

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

In a series of tweets, President Trump wavers between opposition and support of FISA reauthorization. On the 16th anniversary of the prison’s founding, Guantanamo Bay prisoners file mass habeas petition.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

The Trump Administration unveiled its new National Security Strategy. A majority of the United Nations General Assembly voted to rebuke America's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to relocate the U.S. Embassy.