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Posts by Yishai Schwartz

Yishai Schwartz is an intern with Lawfare. He graduated in May 2013 from Yale with majors in philosophy and religious studies, and is currently on a fellowship with the New York-based Tikvah Fund.

The Week That Was

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Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Once again, FISA was front and center on Laware this week. Tim Edgar gave us a lesson in intelligence surveillance law 101, defining terms like “incidental collection” and “collection over the wire.” Chris Donesa, former chief counsel for the House intelligence committee, lamented the piecemeal, “band-aid” approach of recent attempts at FISA reform and called for a bolder and more . . .
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 12:39 PM

The New York Times gives us a sneak peak at Attorney General Eric Holder’s much awaited revisions to the Justice Department’s profiling rules. Although the draft expands the definition of profiling, the rules still allow the FBI to continue using most of its current methods including the use of nationality in mapping neighborhoods. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth . . .
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Today is the one-month anniversary of the day MH-370 went missing. Reports surfaced over the weekend that Chinese, then Australian ships, picked up underwater signals that could be from the flight’s black box recorders. Here is an inside look at three members of Australia’s antisubmarine force who have been searching for the missing plane. Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post describes the soldiers and their . . .
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Lawfare on the Hill

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Monday, April 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Two hearings this week to take note of: Tomorrow, Tuesday April 8th at 2pm: The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade will hold a hearing on “Is al-Qaeda Winning? Grading the Administration’s Counterterrorism Policy.” Ben will be testifying on the future of the AUMF and 702. Thursday, April 10th at 9am: The House Judiciary Committee will . . .
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The Week That Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

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Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Let’s begin with NSA news: Wells flagged a joint DNI and AG statement announcing that the government will seek a 90-day extension of the current 215 program as an interim measure pending reform legislation. He also posted some just-declassified FISC rulings related to NSA programs. Ben did some armchair big data analysis about public interest . . .
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 12:57 PM

The leading, and tragic, news is a shooting yesterday at Fort Hood by an Iraq War veteran who killed three and wounded sixteen before killing himself. According to reports, the shooter, Ivan Lopez, was being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder; there is no evidence of a political or ideological motivation. The New York Times, Wall . . .
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On Talbiya, Israel and Palestine

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Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Israelis are a politically vocal bunch.  So I wasn’t particularly surprised to encounter a mass of protestors gathered before the Prime Minister’s house, as I meandered through Jerusalem’s affluent Talbiya neighborhood. Not many people have much hope for the current round of peace talks. And to the average Israeli and Palestinian, made cynical by decades . . .
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The Week that Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

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Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Let’s start with this week’s big terrorism trial news, the speedy conviction of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Osama Bin Laden’s son-in-law, in federal court. Ritika noted the verdict as it happened and linked to Ben Weiser’s coverage in the Times. She followed up with statements from Attorney General Eric Holder and Acting Assistant AG for National . . .
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The Week That Will Be

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Monday, March 24, 2014 at 12:01 AM

Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar) Wed, March 26 at 10 am: The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs hosts a hearing on “Strengthening the Public-Private Partnership to Reduce Cyber Risks to our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure.” Witnesses include Phyllis A. Schneck, Donna Dodson, Stephen L. Caldwell, Elayne Starkey, David M. Velazquez, Doug Johnson and Steven R. Chabinsky. Wed, March 26 . . .
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The Week That Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

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Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Let’s start with NSA news. This week, attention shifted slightly from from NSA’s domestic 215 program to its foreign collection activities. Wells flagged and uploaded witness testimony from PCLOB’s open hearing on NSA’s 702 program, and Ben followed up with links to full video of the event. Along the way, Ben noted the profound irony in the fact that civil . . .
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 12:07 PM

The Australian government recently announced that satellite images indicate objects in the southern Indian Ocean that may be connected to the still-missing flight MH370. Aircraft and vessels have been rerouted to the area in order to begin a search. The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal are covering the story—along with everyone else. Russia released Ukrainian naval . . .
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 1:12 PM

In breaking news, Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani of the Washington Post report that the NSA uses a tool that records every single telephone conversation in a foreign country and stores it for thirty days. In other major news, Putin just signed a draft treaty annexing Crimea. The move brought overwhelming support in Russia, and . . .
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The Week That Will Be

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Monday, March 17, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar) Mon, March 17 at 12 pm: The New America Foundation hosts “The Global War for Internet Governance with Dr. Laura DeNardis.” Dr DeNardis will be in conversation with Benoni Belli, Sarah Falvey, and Emma Llanso . Moderated by Carolina Rossini. Thurs, March 20 at 9 am: The Elliott School of International Affairs hosts “Cybersecurity: . . .
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The Week That Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

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Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 9:55 AM

The big news this week was the public explosion of long-simmering tensions between CIA and the Senate Intelligence Committee over a soon-to-be-completed report on Bush-era interrogation techniques. Wells posted a heads-up during Senator Feinstein’s bombshell speech lambasting CIA on the floor of the Senate, and then followed it up with a link to the speech’s full-text. Orin . . .
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 10:28 AM

What precisely is the deal with the so-called “Panetta Review” that lies at the heart of the CIA-SSCI battle? Over at Politico, Josh Gerstein reports on CIA concerns over the backgrounds of these internal reviewers, and indications that the review was curtailed early because of a separate Justice Department inquiry. The story is based on . . .
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Edward Snowden delivered a fiery speech by video-conference at South by Southwest in Texas. Snowden denounced mass surveillance for damaging both privacy and security (as it distracts from the targeting of specific individuals) and he urged the audience to take measures to protect the privacy of their communications. NBC, the Washington Post and many others . . .
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Senate Armed Services Nominations Hearing: Michael Rogers for NSA Chief

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 10:13 AM

The Senate Armed Services Committee is currently holding hearings with two nominees for high-ranking military posts: General Paul J. Selva, USAF is being considered for commander of United States Transportation Command and Vice Admiral Michael S. Rogers, USN, is  being considered for National Security Agency/ Chief, Central Security Services/ Commander, United States Cyber Command You can watch the live-stream . . .
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The Week That Will Be

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Monday, March 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar) Mon, March 10 at 10:30 am: The ABA’s Section of International Law hosts  its 4th annual “‘Live from L’: The Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State.” Speakers include Mary E. McLeod, Newell Highsmith, Todd Buchwald, and Mallory Stewart. Moderated by Sean D. Murphy. Wed, March 12 at 9 am: The Brookings Institution . . .
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The Week That Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

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Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 9:55 AM

At Lawfare, the week began as usual: Wells posted our latest podcast, a discussion between a number of senior Brookings scholars on “The State of International Order.” Dan Byman wrote this week’s foreign policy essay, “The New Sectarianism,” analyzing divisions and violence in the Middle East, and suggesting what the West might do to deal with . . .
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 12:00 PM

The crisis in Crimea continues: The Crimean regional parliament has voted to secede from Ukraine and join itself to Russia, but has also decided to leave a final decision up to a popular referendum that will take place on March 16, says the Wall Street Journal. The European Union voted to freeze the assets of Ukraine’s former . . .
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