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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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Julian Sanchez on the NSA Controversies and Surveillance Reform

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Monday, September 22, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Cato Institute scholar Julian Sanchez has this lengthy interview with a podcast called Free Thoughts from libertarianism.org on the NSA controversies. I haven’t listened to it yet, but I look forward to doing so.

Lawfare Podcast Twitter Feed

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Monday, September 22, 2014 at 7:56 AM

The Lawfare Podcast now has its own Twitter feed. Click here to follow it for announcements of new episodes when they go up on the podcast server (sometimes a day or two before we announce them on the site on Saturday mornings), upcoming episodes, and other fun stuff. Follow @lawfarepodcast

The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #92: Benjamin Wittes on “A Constitution Under Chronic Stress”

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Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 1:55 PM

This week, the nation once again celebrated Constitution Day, for which Ben gave an address at Kenyon College, which we provide to you in full. In his talk, Ben covered what he calls a “Constitution Under Stress,” and how the post-9/11 world has catalyzed a prolonged debate over liberties in the United States and in turn, how the . . .
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Lawfare Podcast, Episode #91: ISIS, ISIL, IS, AUMF

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Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

This week’s episode: A roundtable discussion of the politics and law of congressional authorization and the military campaign against ISIS. Bobby, Wells, Foreign Policy magazine’s Shane Harris and I held an impromptu conference call yesterday afternoon to discuss the administration’s legal theory for the impending action, the prospects of a congressional vote on authorization, the War Powers . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #90: The ISIL Threat—A National Counterterrorism Assessment

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Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 1:55 PM

It’s already made the headlines, but earlier this week, Matthew Olsen, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, delivered a threat assessment of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria at the Brookings Institution. Olsen’s assessment stood out among the many others that have been released into the Washington echo chamber: it was alarming yet measured; it addressed . . .
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Dan Carlin’s “Hardcore History” on World War I

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Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Wow, this is really impressive. On a podcast called “Hardcore History,” a fellow named Dan Carlin is doing a lengthy series on World War I. The episodes run between three and four hours each, and Carlin has done four of them so far, so listening to them is admittedly a time investment. I know little about Carlin, . . .
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Lawfare Podcast, Episode #89: Bone-Crushing Zombie Action

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Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Here at Lawfare, we try to spot critical legal issues impacting national security before they’re really upon us . . . and eating our brains. Too often, American policymakers have not taken emerging threats seriously, only to find themselves on the wrong side of finger-pointing national commissions after tragedy strikes. Underreaction to threats prospectively often . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #88: Russia Breaking Bad and the Future of the International Order

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Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 1:55 PM

News broke yesterday that the Russian military has moved artillery units inside of Ukraine and that Russian troops are actively using them against Ukranian forces—a move with dramatic escalatory potential. At the same time, Ukraine appears to be closing in on the last Russian-backed rebel strongholds. As the crisis unfolds and the United States seeks to isolate Russia . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast is on Vacation

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Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 1:55 PM

The Lawfare Podcast is at the beach this week. We can neither confirm nor deny that we will be back next week.

The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #87: The Future of Somalia

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Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Washington was abuzz this week as more than 50 African leaders were in town for the first U.S.-Africa Summit. Yesterday, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the President of Somalia, spoke at Brookings on the future of his country. In his talk, President Mohamud addresses the challenges to democracy that Somalia faces, and how Somalia, the African Union, and . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #86: War in Gaza

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Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 1:55 PM

One of the great things about working at the Brookings Institution—and there are many of them—is access to a remarkable range of people knowledgable about whatever happens to be going on in the world. One of the fun things about running this podcast is that I can put such people around a table, record our conversations, . . .
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