Sarah Mahmood  //  5/14/17  //  Topic Update


President Trump signed an executive order on cybersecurity (WaPo, The Hill).

  • At Lawfare, Helen Murillo summarizes the order.
  • Meanwhile, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper expressed doubt that the order would come with sufficient authorities and resources to be meaningful (The Hill).
  • Senators urged the Trump Administration to develop a comprehensive cyber deterrence and defense strategy (The Hill).

The Department of Homeland Security will announce a ban on laptops and other large electronic devices in the cabin on flights from Europe (Daily Beast).

  • At Lawfare, Paul Rosenzweig notes the absence of any logical limit to the ban and suggests it might be expanded further.

The FBI clarified testimony by Director Comey regarding the handling of emails by Hillary Clinton’s aide, Huma Abedin (NYT).

Stanford-affiliated legal scholars have sought access to sealed surveillance records, but a federal magistrate judge appears skeptical of their request (Ars Technica).

An update on two Guantanamo cases pending before the Supreme Court (Lyle Denniston).

Rand Paul has requested information on whether President Obama surveilled him (The Hill).


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.