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Lawfare Podcast Episode #71: A Conversation with John Rizzo

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Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM

I had meant to have a book review of former CIA lawyer John Rizzo’s new book, Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA, ready to run along with this episode of the podcast. But I’m still working on the review, which will be up shortly, and I didn’t want to hold up . . .
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Lawfare Podcast, Episode #70: Bruce Schneier on Technology and Privacy

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Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Bruce Schneier of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School gave a keynote address at the National Security Agency at the Crossroads conference Bobby put together at UT-Austin last week. Schneier spoke about the challenges to maintaining privacy in the evolving digital environment, and had provocative and interesting insights about the big . . .
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Lawfare Podcast, Episode #69: A Conversation with Former NSA Deputy Director Chris Inglis

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Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM

“The National Security Agency at the Crossroads” was a two-day conference organized by Lawfare’s Bobby Chesney, and held earlier this week at the University of Texas’ Strauss Center for International Security and Law.  At the conference, recently retired NSA Deputy Director John “Chris” Inglis gave an address; Ben Wittes caught up with Inglis afterwards, for . . .
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Lawfare Podcast, Episode #68: John Carlin on Cybersecurity

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Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Yesterday, John Carlin, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the Department of Justice, gave a keynote address on cybersecurity at American University’s Washington College of Law as part of a larger symposium entitled “Corporate Counterterrorism: The Role of Private Companies in National Security.” He discussed what the Department of Justice is doing about cybersecurity, and its cooperation . . .
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Lawfare Podcast, Episode #67: An Address by NATO’s Secretary General

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Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1:55 PM

This week, my Brookings colleagues in our Foreign Policy Program hosted an address by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen for a speech and audience Q&A on Russia, Ukraine and Crimea and, more generally, on the state of the NATO alliance. Here’s how Brookings described the event: On March 19, the Center on the United States and . . .
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Lawfare Podcast, Episode #66: A Conversation with Shane Harris

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Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Shane Harris was the first ever guest on the Lawfare Podcast, and today, he becomes the first ever return guest. The Foreign Policy writer has had a busy week covering the CIA-SSCI flap. And last night, he posted this story about NSA’s efforts this week to get the FISA court to let it retain metadata past the five-year . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #65: Anthony Romero and Michael Chertoff Go Mano a Mano

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Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 1:55 PM

This episode doesn’t really need much introduction. It’s a discussion and debate between Anthony Romero, head of the ACLU, and Michael Chertoff, former DHS Secretary, at a Federalist Society event a couple of weeks ago. Ellen Nakashima of the Washington Post moderates a discussion that ranges from what we should think of Edward Snowden to . . .
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Lawfare Podcast Episode #64: Brookings Event on the “State of the International Order”

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Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Last Tuesday, a panel of Brookings foreign policy experts came together to discuss the “state of the international order.”  The event, and a companion Brookings report, focused on international coordination efforts, having in mind the passage of more than a decade since the Iraq war’s inception and five years since the global financial crisis.  Among . . .
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Lawfare Podcast Episode #63: “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity: The Cybersecurity Framework and Beyond”

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Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 2:00 AM

On Tuesday, the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings hosted a panel discussion evaluating the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Framework. As Paul noted last week, the Framework was issued on February 12. This event focused on questions like “How will the Framework look once it is put into practice by industry? And once . . .
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Lawfare Podcast Episode #62: Benjamin Wittes and Conor Friedersdorf Debate the Ethics of Drones

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Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Last November, the University of Richmond invited Ben and Conor Friedersdorf to participate in a debate on the ethics of drone warfare. Conor is a familiar voice in the anti-drone camp, as those who have come across his articles in The Atlantic well know. I edited the podcast version of the debate for length and got . . .
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Lawfare Podcast Episode #61: Defending an Unowned Internet

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Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Here is the audio from Monday’s event at the Berkman Center at Harvard, “Defending an Unowned Internet.” I have edited it slightly for length. The intervention by Tim Berners-Lee, for those interested in it, takes place near the end, but the entire discussion is really worth people’s time. Jonathan Zittrain did a marvelous job of . . .
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Lawfare Podcast Episode #60: Wherein We Talk to DNI General Counsel Robert Litt

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Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Robert Litt, the general counsel to the director of national intelligence, has emerged as one of the administration’s point men on response to the Snowden revelations, the defense of the intelligence community, and reform of intelligence authorities. In the wake of the President’s NSA speech, he stopped by the Brookings Institution on Monday to discuss . . .
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Lawfare Podcast Episode #59: How Osama bin Laden Escaped Afghanistan

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Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM

The Brookings Intelligence Project hosted Foreign Service Officer Yaniv Barzilai on January 23, 2014 to discuss his new book, 102 Days of War—How Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda, and the Taliban Survived 2001. In the aftermath of 9/11, U.S. forces had located Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Abu Zubaydah, and others. These men escaped from Tora Bora into . . .
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Lawfare Podcast Episode #58: Lawfare Roundtable on President Obama’s NSA Speech

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Friday, January 17, 2014 at 7:46 PM

President Obama delivered a major policy address this afternoon—and the White House released an accompanying policy directive—in response to the recommendations of his surveillance review group, the Snowden revelations, and the broader NSA controversies. He announced limited reforms to NSA’s surveillance activities, defended the larger role and activities of the intelligence community, and offered limited privacy . . .
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Lawfare Podcast Episode #57: General Stanley McChrystal and Kristina Talbert-Slagle on Lessons on Counterinsurgency from the Human Body

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Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 12:28 PM

On December 19, my Brookings colleague Michael O’Hanlon hosted a remarkable event featuring General Stanley McChrystal (Ret.) and Kristina Talbert-Slagle of the Yale Global Health Research Institute discussing their recent research on counterinsurgency and human immune response. Here’s how Brookings described the event: Are there parallels between insurgencies and illness? Or between healthy bodies and . . .
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Lawfare Podcast Episode #56: Inside NSA, Part V–An Interview with Fran Fleisch, the Agency’s Acting Deputy Director

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Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:00 AM

It’s the final episode of “Inside NSA: We Brought in a Recording Device So You Don’t Have To”—our special series of podcast interviews we’ve been running this week with senior NSA officials. In the fifth and last installment, I speak with Fran Fleisch, the agency’s executive director and—since Chris Inglis stepped down a few days before this . . .
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Lawfare Podcast Episode #55: Inside NSA, Part IV–We Speak with Anne Neuberger, the Woman on Front Lines of NSA’s Relations with Industry

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Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:00 AM

It’s Day 4 of “Inside NSA: We Brought in a Recording Device So You Don’t Have To”—the special series of podcast interviews we’ve been running this week with senior NSA officials. In our penultimate episode, we speak with Anne Neuberger, who has the unenviable task of running NSA’s liaison with the U.S. private sector. Industry is pretty . . .
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Lawfare Podcast Episode #54: Inside NSA, Part III—Wherein We Talk to Lonny Anderson, Chief of NSA’s Technology Directorate

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 7:00 AM

It’s Day 3 of “Inside NSA: We Brought in a Recording Device So You Don’t Have To”—our special series of podcast interviews with senior NSA officials. In today’s episode, we talk with Lonny Anderson, the agency’s director of information technology and head of its Technology Directorate. It’s a frank conversation about how Edward Snowden managed to steal . . .
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Lawfare Podcast Episode #53: Inside NSA, Part II–Wherein We Interview the Agency’s Chief of Compliance, John DeLong

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 7:00 AM

It’s Day 2 of “Inside NSA: We Brought in a Recording Device So You Don’t Have To”—a special series of podcast interviews with senior NSA officials that we conducted last week. In today’s episode, we sit down with John DeLong, the agency’s director of compliance. It’s a particularly interesting discussion about the development of NSA’s compliance . . .
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Lawfare Podcast Episode #52: Inside NSA, Part I—An Interview With General Counsel Rajesh De

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Monday, December 16, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Welcome to “Inside NSA: We Brought in a Recording Device So You Don’t Have To”—a special series of podcast interviews of senior NSA officials that we conducted last week. As we described on Saturday, this series grew out of a dialog Bobby organized under the auspices of the University of Texas at Austin’s Strauss Center for International . . .
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