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U.S. Notifies Criminal Defendant of Its Intention To Use FISA Information Against Him

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Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 5:06 PM

In what could be a consequential move, federal prosecutors this week informed a man accused of providing material support to the Islamic Jihad Union (“IJU”) that they intend to “offer into evidence or otherwise use or disclose in proceedings [against him] … information obtained or derived from” intelligence collection conducted under Section 702 of FISA. The 2011 complaint filed . . .
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Carrie Cordero on AP Subpoenas

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Friday, May 17, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Carrie Cordero, Georgetown’s Director of National Security Studies and a former Justice Department official, writes in with these thoughts on the AP subpoenas controversy and background law: In light of the hysteria over reports that the Department of Justice subpoenaed AP records during the course of a leak investigation, it might be useful to step . . .
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Explainer on the AP Subpoenas Controversy

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Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 5:00 PM

It’s been a rough week for the Obama Administration. In addition to outrage over IRS targeting of conservative groups and continued conspiratorial rumblings about the Administration’s response to the Benghazi attack, the Department of Justice (DOJ) faces blowback over subpoenas it issued for Associated Press (AP) reporters’ telephone records. The subpoenas were part of an . . .
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Ben Fox on the Situation at Guantanamo

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Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Ben Fox of the Associated Press has a particularly good account of the situation at Guantanamo. Because it was posted on Friday, amid the late unpleasantness in Boston, most people undoubtedly missed it—so I thought I would flag it now. It opens: GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — The morning routine started before dawn . . .
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The Frenemy Press on Ben Emmerson’s Statement

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Friday, March 22, 2013 at 10:07 AM

As Ben and Gregory McNeal posted earlier, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Counterterrorism and Human Rights, Ben Emmerson, issued this statement on March 14 after a three-day visit to Pakistan, in which he concluded that U.S. drone strikes are, in the Pakistani government’s eyes, “a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” and that . . .
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Espionage in the Aloha State? U.S. v. Bishop

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Filed March 14th in the U.S. District Court of Hawaii: a criminal complaint against a civilian defense contractor, Benjamin Bishop, for unlawfully leaking national security secrets to his girlfriend.  The latter, a Chinese national, allegedly works for the People’s Republic of China—but has not yet been located. The AP first reported the story. The complaint . . .
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Pillage and Plunder in South Asia

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Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Don’t look now, but a populous Muslim country in the Indian subcontinent is simmering with tension between its Islamist parties and its ruling civilian government. No, I’m not talking about Pakistan. I’m talking about Bangladesh, which has carried out a little-noticed effort over the last few weeks to prosecute major Islamist figures for war crimes . . .
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Lawsuit against NYPD by Members of Muslim Community

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Last June, a collection of advocacy and religious organizations, businesses, and individuals in New York City and New Jersey filed a federal lawsuit against the City of New York, alleging the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) “illegal targeting of New Jersey Muslims for surveillance based solely upon their religion.” In their complaint, the plaintiffs . . .
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Asymmetrical USG Reactions to Cyber Exploitations and Cyber Attacks

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Monday, February 4, 2013 at 7:24 AM

I am puzzled by two news reports on USG cyber policy in the last few days.  This AP story from Friday surprised me for what it revealed about the lethargic U.S. reaction to the now-many-years-old problem of Chinese cyber exploitations of U.S. public and private computer systems.  “We have to begin making it clear to the Chinese that the . . .
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GAO Report on Housing Guantanamo Detainees in the U.S.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Lots of news coverage this morning about this GAO report, released yesterday by Senator Dianne Feinstein, on housing Guantanamo detainees in the United States. Here’s Spencer Ackerman of Wired Danger Room. Here’s the Associated Press. Here’s the executive summary of the report itself: Why GAO Did This Study  Since 2002, the United States has operated military detention . . .
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Klaidman on KSM’s Incriminating Statements and the 9/11 Trial

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 6:15 PM

The Associated Press, via Fox News, has another intriguing excerpt from Dan Klaidman’s Kill or Capture: The War On Terror And The Soul Of The Obama Presidency.  The book is shaping up to be a must-read for the Lawfare faithful. Consider this tidbit regarding evidence in the 9/11 case.  It turns out that KSM had made a number . . .
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WaPo Op-Ed On Leaks and Former Government Officials

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Friday, June 1, 2012 at 10:23 PM

This morning, Paul flagged a Washington Post op-ed by Senators Coats, Rubio and Burr.  The trio’s piece concerns the improper revelation of national security secrets.  As one example, the authors cite the recent disruption, by the CIA and a foreign intelligence service, of a planned airline bombing by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.  The closely-held . . .
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Were Kevin Jon Heller and I Both Wrong?

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Earlier this week, Kevin Jon Heller and I had an exchange over what the Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA, Akhil Afridi, was actually charged with and convicted of. Writing at Opinio Juris, Kevin dismissed suggestions by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta that the doctor was charged because he helped the CIA find the world’s . . .
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CIA, Drones and Proxy Forces, and the Exit from Afghanistan

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Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 8:22 PM

In a conversation several years ago about what was then simply a hypothesized US military exit from Afghanistan, a friend told me, think of the CIA as the French Foreign Legion.  My friend meant by that the long-standing tradition of the Legion being last to leave in the difficult conditions of retreat under fire. The . . .
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A Military Commission for Daqduq in the US?

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Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 3:39 PM

I have written previously about the pros and cons of the military commission option for Ali Mussa Daqduq, a member of Hezbollah whom we have been holding in military custody in Iraq for some period based on his involvement in orchestrating attacks on American soldiers there.  The long and short of it is that we . . .
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Regarding the AP’s Story on NYPD Domestic Intelligence Collection

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 2:13 PM

The AP’s Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman have a long story out today, focused on the NYPD’s Intelligence Division & Counter-Terrorism Bureau.  The story paints NYPD as having developed an unchecked intelligence-collection capacity over the past decade, emphasizing (i) CIA support to NYPD’s activities, (ii) NYPD’s use of undercover agents to monitor events is Muslim neighborhoods . . .
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New Cyber-Espionage Reported

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 7:41 AM

The Washington Post’s Ellen Nakashima is reporting: A leading computer security firm has used logs produced by a single server to trace the hacking of more than 70 corporations and government organizations over many months, and experts familiar with the analysis say the snooping probably originated in China. Among the targets were the Hong Kong . . .
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The (Possible) Death of Ilyas Kashmiri and Its Impact on the Internal Administration Debate Regarding Drone Strikes

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Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Hot on the heels of a National Security Council debate last Thursday concerning whether to reduce the pace or scope of CIA drone strikes in Pakistan (reported by the Wall Street Journal here; please do click through and read this remarkable story, and also check out Ken Anderson’s take here), it appears that a drone strike in South . . .
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Drones in Libya

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 4:44 PM

The Associated Press is reporting that U.S. forces are using armed Predator drones in Libya: President Barack Obama has approved the use of armed Predator drone aircraft in Libya to improve the precision of low-level attacks on ground targets, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday. The first Predator mission since Obama’s go-ahead was flown Thursday . . .
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Insurgency as a Relevant Lens for Cartel Violence in Mexico

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 2:30 PM

I’d like to draw attention to a handful of Mexico-related items this afternoon.  First, Tracy Wilkinson at the L.A. Times has a terrific piece discussing the degree of cartel control in Reynosa (across the border from McAllen, TX), describing the surrounding state of Tamaulipas as “all but lost to federal government rule.”  Wilkinson writes with . . .
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