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The Lawfare Podcast: My Constitution Day Speech at NSA

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Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 1:55 PM

In mid-September, I delivered the annual Constitution Day address at the National Security Agency. I had meant to post the speech back then, except that it being NSA and all, I wasn’t allowed to bring my own recording equipment into the building and thus had to wait until the NSA folks released the audio of my own . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #110: Shane Harris and Benjamin Wittes with Serious Jokes on Surveillance

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Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 1:55 PM

A few weeks ago, Shane Harris and Benjamin Wittes spoke at Washington and Lee School of Law’s symposium on Cyber-surveillance in the Post-Snowden Age. Shane and Ben are familiar names to frequent Lawfare readers. Their speech, under the title “Point/Counter-point,” is a lighthearted, but thorough, overview of the prevailing debates around NSA surveillance including the role . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #109: Robert Litt on US Surveillance Policy One Year After PPD-28

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Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 1:55 PM

On Tuesday, the White House released the Director of National Intelligence’s report on signals intelligence reform. As part of the release, Robert S. Litt, General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, gave a speech at the Brookings Institution on “US Intelligence Community Surveillance One Year after President Obama’s Address.” In his address, . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #108: General Michael Hayden on Cybersurveillance in the Post-Snowden Age

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Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 1:55 PM

General Michael Hayden, former Director of both the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, gave the keynote address last weekend at Washington and Lee School of Law’s symposium on Cyber-surveillance in the Post-Snowden Age. During his address, General Hayden delivered an unapologetic defense of the NSA’s recently revealed activities, yet remained candid about where the . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #107: Tanvi Madan on the Future of the US-India Relationship

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Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 1:55 PM

With President Barack Obama on his way to India early next week, we asked Tanvi Madan, Fellow and Director of the India Project here at Brookings, onto the podcast to preview Obama’s trip and discuss what we can expect from the President’s second India summit in less than four months. It’s a trip that comes with . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #106: Daniel Reisner on Law, Security, and Peace in the Middle East.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 1:55 PM

This week, Ben and Matt Waxman sat down with Daniel Reisner, former head of the International Law Branch of the Israeli Defense Forces and current partner with Herzog, Fox and Neeman. Reisner has also served as a senior member of Israel’s peace delegations over the years, participating in negotiation sessions and summits including those at Camp David. . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #105: Jack Goldsmith on North Korea, the FBI, and Attribution of the Sony Attack

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Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 1:55 PM

This week, FBI Director James Comey doubled down on the FBI’s assertion that North Korea was behind the cyber attack on Sony Pictures (audio available here). Out in sunny Palo Alto, Ben and Jack sat down to discuss the director’s comments, what we know about the Sony Pictures cyber-attack, the FBI’s response, and the lingering questions . . .
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Federalist Society Podcast on “America In Retreat”

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Last week a Lawfare reader brought this item to our attention: Earlier this month, the Federalist Society’s International and National Security Law Practice Group hosted a Podcast with The Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens.  The latter discussed his recent book, “America In Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder.”  

The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #104: Rose Gottemoeller on US Nuclear Arms Control Policy

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Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 1:55 PM

This week, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller gave a keynote address at Brookings on US Nuclear Arms Control Policy. In her address, Under Secretary Gottemoeller discussed how the administration is adjusting to the slowed progress of arms control given the far less conducive atmosphere left in the wake . . .
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Lawfare Podcast, Episode #103: Mieke Eoyang on FAA Exclusivity

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Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

A few weeks ago, Mieke Eoyang wrote and post on Lawfare entitled “A Modest Proposal: FAA Exclusivity for Collection Involving U.S. Technology Companies.” Mieke is a long-time congressional staffer on national security matters, who served a stint on the House Intelligence Committee during the drafting of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) and now runs national security . . .
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Lawfare Podcast, Episode #102: Israeli Politics, Oy Vey!

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Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM

The Israeli government fell this week, and Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu called new elections. Israeli politics are an endlessly fascinating Byzantine mess with significant security implications for the United States. The shape of Israeli politics, after all, conditions a lot of other U.S. interests in the region—everything from the degree of friction with key Arab . . .
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Lawfare Podcast, Episode #101: Jameel Jaffer, Bob Litt, and William Banks Debate FISA

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Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Earlier this month, the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security held its “24th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law CLE Conference.” As part of the conference, the group held a particularly strong panel discussion on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act—featuring Bob Litt, general counsel to the DNI, Jameel Jaffer of . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #100: Shane Harris @War

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Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Shane Harris, national security writer for the Daily Beast, was the first ever guest on the Lawfare Podcast, back when it was the most experimental of features. Now, just in time for our 100th episode, he has put out a new book, @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex. You should definitely buy the book, which is a fascinating . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #99: Jack Goldsmith on “Obama’s War Powers Legacy”

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Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Last month, Jack gave a talk at the Hoover Institution on President Obama’s war powers legacy. It’s a remarkable address: hard-hitting, clear, and sure to discomfort Obama’s defenders on war powers issues. In essence, Jack argues that Obama has gone way beyond President Bush in the aggressiveness of his approach vis a vis Congress to . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #98: Chris Soghoian Responds to FBI Director James Comey

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Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Two weeks ago, on the podcast, we ran a speech on encryption that FBI Director James Comey gave at the Brookings Institution and the resulting discussion with a very engaged audience. One person in that audience, the one who asked the first question, was ACLU technologist and cybersecurity expert Chris Soghoian. Chris has long been a . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #97: Bahlul, Bahlul, Bahlul, Part Deux

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Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 1:55 PM

By now you know: Wednesday morning saw oral argument in Al Bahlul v. United States—the first since the D.C. Circuit’s en banc decision, and the matter’s remand to a three judge panel consisting of Circuit Judges Judith Rogers, David Tatel, and Karen LeCraft Henderson. On Wednesday afternoon, I sat down for post-argument analysis of the long-running military commissions . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #96: James Comey on “Going Dark”

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Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 2:34 PM

I was delighted this morning to host FBI Director James Comey at a discussion at the Brookings Institution entitled, “Going Dark: Are Technology, Privacy, and Public Safety on a Collision Course?” The event was structured less as a speech—though Comey began by offering some brief remarks—than as a discussion with me and, particularly, the audience. The . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #95: Shivshankar Menon on India’s Role in the World

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Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 1:55 PM

On his recent trip to the United States, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized India’s desire to take up a greater role on the world stage. With India’s renewed ambition, it is increasingly important for policymakers to understand what that role may look like, how it is envisioned from the Indian perspective, and how the country views . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #94: An Interview with Audrey Kurth Cronin

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Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 1:55 PM

With the recent decision by the Obama administration to begin launching airstrikes against Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria, questions have arisen about the nature of the terrorist threat that groups like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Al Qaeda pose to the United States and whether our current strategies to eradicate . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #93: Hardcore Dan Carlin

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Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 1:55 PM

A few weeks ago, I began listening to a podcast called Hardcore History, which is the brainchild of a fellow named Dan Carlin. Carlin was doing a series of episodes on World War I, and Hardcore History is—let’s just say—a different sort of podcast. The episodes are very long, very involved, and to me at . . .
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