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Upcoming Congressional Hearings on ISIL, Iran

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Monday, November 17, 2014 at 3:58 PM

The week before Thanksgiving features a few Congressional hearings of note for the Lawfare readership. Tomorrow at 10:00 AM, there is a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on ways of  “countering” the activities of ISIL in Iraq and Syria. You can listen to a livecast of the proceedings here. Also tomorrow from 2:00 to . . .
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Happy Veterans Day

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 2:08 PM

From all of us here at Lawfare: a note of profound gratitude for the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families.  

Event at Wilson Center on Islamic State AUMF and Related Issues

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Monday, November 10, 2014 at 9:57 AM

On Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. the Wilson Center will host an event on Congress’s role in the conflict against the Islamic State entitled Congress, the Presidency and Military Intervention.  Senator Kaine, who has taken the lead in urging the President to seek congressional authorization for the use of force against the Islamic State, will . . .
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“Warm and Fuzzy with the North Koreans”

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Monday, October 27, 2014 at 8:29 AM

The other day, I posted this video of the North Korean Ambassador to the United Nations giving a talk at the Council on Foreign Relations: The question of whether or not a think tank like CFR should host the worst people in the world—among whom the leaders of the North Korean state surely rank—is tricky one. As much . . .
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Audio of Last Week’s ODNI Conference at the University of Texas

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 6:56 AM

I am happy to report that we now have the audio from last week’s conference at the University of Texas exploring the lessons learned from the past ten years’ experience under the ODNI and NCTC.  The event was sponsored by UT’s Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law, which I direct, as well as UT’s Clements . . .
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UT-Austin Conference on ODNI and NCTC at the 1-Decade Mark: “Intelligence Reform and Counterterrorism after a Decade: Are We Smarter and Safer?”

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Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Happening between now and Saturday: an important conference at the University of Texas at Austin (sponsored by UT’s Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law, which I direct, as well as UT’s Clements Center for History, Strategy & Statecraft (directed by Will Inboden) and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance). The conference is entitled “Intelligence Reform . . .
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FBI Director Comey’s Remarks as Delivered

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Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 12:31 PM

You can find the text of FBI Directory James Comey’s remarks as delivered today at Brookings here or below. They begin: Good morning. It’s an honor to be here. I have been on the job as FBI Director for one year and one month. I like to express my tenure in terms of months, and I . . .
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Happening Now: FBI Director James Comey at Brookings

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Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:15 AM

At 10:30 am, FBI Director James Comey will be at Brookings delivering a talk entitled, Going Dark: Are Technology, Privacy, and Public Safety on a Collision Course?  You can watch the livesteam below and join the conversation on Twitter using #ComeyCrypto. Here’s how Brookings is describing the event: Issues of privacy and security are at the . . .
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CDT Event this Evening on “Databuse”

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 2:55 PM

This will be an interesting event this evening. The Center for Democracy and Technology is holding a discussion of a paper Wells and I recently published entitled, “Databuse and a Trusteeship Model of Consumer Protection in the Big Data Era.” CDT is describing the event as follows: Please join the Center for Democracy & Technology . . .
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Fresh Out of NCTC Office, Matthew Olsen Speaks at Harvard Law School

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Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Matthew Olsen, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, stopped by Harvard Law School last week to offer his perspective on the changing nature of the terrorist threat. After giving a brief primer on the origins and goals of ISIL, Olsen tackled thornier questions: what is the United States’s strategy for dealing with ISIL and other . . .
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FBI Director James Comey to Speak at Brookings Next Week on Encryption

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Friday, October 10, 2014 at 5:56 PM

I’m excited to be hosting FBI Director James Comey this coming Thursday for a speech and conversation on encryption at the Brookings Institution. Here’s how Brookings is describing the event: Going Dark: Are Technology, Privacy, and Public Safety on a Collision Course? Issues of privacy and security are at the forefront of public debate, particularly . . .
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Some Recent NSA Debates

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Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Here’s some video of some recent NSA debates. Here’s one that took place a couple of weeks ago at Georgetown on “The NSA, Privacy & the Global Internet: Perspectives on EO 12333.” Participants included law professors Nathan Sales, Laura Donohue, DNI General Counsel Bob Litt, and former State Department official John Tyre. This one, from . . .
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Heritage Event on “The Legal Basis for Military Action against ISIS”

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Friday, September 26, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Featuring Cully Stimson, Bobby Chesney, Steve Vladeck, and Steve Bradbury. Here’s the video:

Happening Now: The Future of Civilian Robotics

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Monday, September 15, 2014 at 1:43 PM

At the top of the hour, Ben will host a conversation at the Brookings Institution with Wells Bennett, John Villasenor, and Gregory McNeal on The Future of Civilian Robotics. We hope you will join us for a lively discussion of the many civil liberties, privacy, legal, and regulatory issues rapid advances in robotics present. You may also find . . .
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President Obama Addresses the Nation on ISIS

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Watch it here live: Here’s the text of the speech:

9/15 Upcoming Brookings Event: The Future of Civilian Robotics

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Loyal Lawfarers: next Monday, September 15th at 2:00 pm, Brookings will host an event titled “The Future of Civilian Robotics.” Ben will host a conversation between Wells, John Villasenor, and Gregory McNeal on the many civil liberties, privacy, legal, and regulatory issues the rapid advances in robotics present. We’d love for you to join us . . .
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DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson Speaking at Council on Foreign Relations

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 12:50 PM

The event is scheduled begin at 1:00 PM Eastern time.

NCTC Director Matthew Olsen’s Speech at Brookings on ISIS

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Here’s the transcript. The speech opens: This past May, a man walked into a Jewish Museum in Belgium and opened fire, killing four. The suspect, a 29-year old French-national, had recently returned from Syria, where he fought alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The next day, a 22-year old American from Florida . . .
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Statement by the President on Iraq

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Friday, June 13, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Ben posted the video of his remarks and the short Q and A that followed. Here is the transcript: THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody.  I wanted to take some time to give you a quick update about the situation in Iraq. Yesterday, I convened a meeting with my National Security Council to discuss the situation . . .
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President Obama to Issue a Statement on Iraq

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Friday, June 13, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Here it is: