Alexandra Widas  //  9/24/17  //  Topic Update


The White House is preparing to loosen regulations on targets of drone strikes and commando raids outside of conventional battlefields (NYT).

With an American citizen being held as an enemy combatant, Robert Chesney outlines the detention and prosecution options (Lawfare).

Advocacy groups are asking legislators not to support a DOJ proposal that would allow foreign governments to directly receive data from US communications providers (The Hill). 

 The Senate passed a defense budget of about $700 billion (WaPo).

  • Legislators will now work towards a compromise between the Senate and House versions of the bill.

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.