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DOJ Announces Indictment of 6 Chinese Nationals for Economic Espionage

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 11:02 AM

Yesterday, the Department of Justice announced the indictment of six Chinese nationals on charges of economic espionage and theft of trade secrets “for their roles in a long-running effort to obtain U.S. trade secrets for the benefit of universities and companies controlled by the PRC government.” One suspect, a Chinese professor named Zhang Hao, was . . .
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Is the GTMO Endgame Approaching?

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 8:21 PM

The Washington Post has the latest here. Key points: 1. Lightning Round for Transfers Anticipating NDAA language leveraging the power of the purse to further constrain the ability of the government to transfer GTMO detainees to third countries, “the Pentagon is racing” to complete the transfer 57 detainees who already have been approved for that . . .
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Drone with Radioactive Material Lands on Japanese Prime Minister’s Office

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 8:10 PM

So reports the Guardian: Japanese authorities have launched an investigation after a small drone reportedly containing traces of radiation was found on the roof of the prime minister’s office, sparking concerns about drones and their possible use for terrorist attacks. No injuries or damage was reported from the incident on Wednesday. The prime minister, Shinzo . . .
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More Arrests of Americans Attempting to Fight for ISIL in Syria

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Monday, April 20, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Six Somali-American men from the Minneapolis area have been arrested on material support charges, based on allegations that they were attempting to travel to Syria to join ISIL. The complaint and corresponding FBI affidavit are posted here. Note that the complaint is a handy case study in the variety of investigative techniques that FBI might . . .
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Indictment of US Citizen Who Trained with al Nusrah and Returned to Attack

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Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 5:42 PM

A grand jury in Ohio has indicted Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, a recently-naturalized US citizen and resident of Columbus, with two material support counts (and one false statement count) based on allegations that he traveled to Syria to fight, that he received military-style training from al Nusrah, and that he came back to the United States . . .
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FBI 9/11 Commission Releases Report

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 2:38 PM

The FBI 9/11 Commission has released its congressionally mandated report on the “implementation of the recommendations related to the FBI that were proposed by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.” The report, principally authored by Edwin Meese, Tim Roemer, and Bruce Hoffman, issued three key findings: The FBI has made measurable . . .
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Live: Herb Lin Testifies Before House Energy and Commerce Committee

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 1:45 PM

Today at 2:00 pm, Lawfare’s Herb Lin, along with Richard Bejtlich and Gregory Shannon, will provide testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on “Understanding the Cyber Threat and Implications for the 21st Century Economy.” Herb’s remarks as prepared are available here.

Happening Now: DNI James Clapper Speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations

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Monday, March 2, 2015 at 12:55 PM

At the top of the hour, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, Jr. will discuss the state of the intelligence community, and outline the major challenges and successes experienced throughout the last year. You can watch the speech live below:

The Moral Vacuity of The Intercept

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Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 1:22 PM

In our new book, Whistleblowers, Leaks and the Media, my co-editors and I talk at some length about what we characterize as the “fundamental tension” that lies at the heart of news reporting today involving national security matters.  The tension — between transparency and secrecy — is fundamental for two distinct reasons:  First, because at . . .
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The White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

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Monday, February 23, 2015 at 11:45 AM

Last week, the White House convened a summit on countering violent extremism. The summit took place over three days and featured remarks by Obama administration officials, global leaders, law enforcement representatives, local activists, and President Barack Obama, among others. Below the fold, we’ve compiled video from the event.

Presidential Power and Enjoining the Obama Immigration Plan

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Monday’s district court decision enjoining President Obama’s immigration plan, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), was a strong rebuke of presidential overreaching, although it was framed as a decision on the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). (Full disclosure: I was co-counsel on an amicus brief by the Cato Institute; see here for Cato’s take on . . .
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Shutting Down DHS – A Realistic Appraisal

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 12:43 PM

The press and the political junkies are all wrapped up in a discussion of the coming show down over the shut down of the Department of Homeland Security. The isn’t really about homeland security, of course – it’s about the President’s executive order extending enforcement discretion to many aliens who are present in the United . . .
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Live: Susan Rice Outlines 2015 National Security Strategy at Brookings

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Friday, February 6, 2015 at 12:50 PM

At the top of the hour, the Brookings Institution will host US National Security Adviser Susan Rice for the launch of President Obama’s National Security Strategy, which was released earlier today. During the event, NSA Rice will outline the president’s foreign policy vision and priorities. This is the first National Security Strategy to be released from . . .
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Data Analytics and Policing

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 9:25 AM

This interesting article on the NYPD’s use of data analytics came across my desk the other day.  Here is the abstract: The New York City Police Department’s Lower Manhattan Security Coordination Center integrates data from a variety of sources, including sensors (cameras, license plate readers, and environmental detectors) and records (arrests, complaints, summonses, 911 calls, . . .
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Is the Visa Waiver Program a Threat to our National Security?

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Monday, February 2, 2015 at 9:50 AM

That question has taken on new significance after the Paris terrorist attacks, which have stoked fears that militants in Europe might exploit the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)—under which citizens of 38 countries may travel to the United States without a visa—to carry out similar attacks here. Some influential members of Congress (see here and here) . . .
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Throwback Thursday: Rewards and Bounties

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Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 9:17 PM

On January 5, Dominic Ongwen, senior commander in the Lord’s Resistance Army, was captured by Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic (CAR). Subsequently, the rebels transferred Ongwen to the US military, who has maintained a small force in the region since 2011 to assist in the hunt for the LRA’s commanders. The question was what . . .
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Safe Havens Still Matter

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 9:13 PM

Micah Zenko and Amelia M. Wolf, both with the Council on Foreign Relations, have a new piece in Foreign Policy which argues against the “myth” that safe havens allow terrorists a space in which to flourish. They claim that this myth has only led us fruitlessly abroad in search of monsters to destroy. It’s a stunning . . .
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Breaking Bad Drones

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Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 12:32 PM

Just in time for Gabriella Blum and my forthcoming book, The Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones: —Confronting A New Age of Threat, comes this story from the Associated Press: Police in a Mexican border city said Wednesday that a drone overloaded with illicit methamphetamine crashed into a supermarket parking lot. Tijuana police spokesman . . .
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Thoughts on the Al-Marri Release

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Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 10:28 AM

In October 2009, Ali Saleh Al-Marri was sentenced to more than eight years in prison under a plea deal the Al Qaeda sleeper agent had struck with federal prosecutors. Quietly, on January 16, Al-Marri was released—having served just over five years of his time. Reports the Washington Post: Ali Saleh Mohammad Kahlah al-Marri, 49, was released from a maximum . . .
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The French Response to Terror: Counterterrorism Detention and Prosecutions Across the Atlantic

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 12:15 PM

In the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery, Western European security forces unleashed a dizzying storm of arrests and prosecutions and announced “exceptional” new measures to combat terrorism. In the space of just a few days, dozens of suspects were detained in Belgium, France and Germany, many of whom were questioned for days without . . .
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