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Most Snowden Documents Concern Current U.S. Military Operations

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Friday, January 10, 2014 at 11:37 AM

One hears that the worst of the Snowden documents (from the perspective of the USG) have not yet been released, and one wonders what that might mean.  Yesterday’s story that “most of the documents he took concerned current military operations” might provide the beginning of an answer (though I expect that another part of the answer is . . .
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CISPA Passes the House, Despite Obama’s “Kick in the Solar Plexus”

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Friday, April 27, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Last night the House voted to approve CISPA, the first of four cybersecurity bills that are under consideration in that chamber this week, despite President Obama’s veto threat. The bill’s sponsor, Dutch Ruppersberger, called the threat “a kick in the solar plexus,” but acknowledged that the bill is not perfect. From Brendan Sasso’s coverage at The Hill: Ruppersberger . . .
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Obama Administration SAP On Rogers-Ruppersberger

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 4:11 PM

In an earlier post I commented on the politics of the cybersecurity debate.  I wrote: “One final piece of the political calculus is what the Administration wants.  Right now all public signs are that they want BOTH information sharing AND the regulatory structure.  If it is an ‘all or nothing’ proposition we might well wind . . .
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Rogers-Ruppersberger Privacy and Civil Liberties Amendments

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Late yesterday, the House sponsors of the CISPA cybersecurity legislation (to be considered tomorrow) announced a series of amendments to the bill intended to address some of the concerns advanced by privacy and civil liberties groups.  To quote from their press release: Minimization, Retention, and Notification Amendment:  An amendment will be filed today that would: . . .
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Lungren Bill Emerges from Committee

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Friday, April 20, 2012 at 4:25 PM

On Wednesday the House Homeland Security Committee marked up the Lungren cybersecurity proposal.  The details are reported here and are difficult to piece together.  In so far as one can tell, the Chairman’s amendment softened the directive nature of DHS’s role in providing cybersecurity and moved the information sharing provisions and definitions in the bill . . .
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The Politics of the Cyber Legislation Debate

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Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Over the past several weeks, I’ve written a number of blogs about the substance of the cybersecurity bills pending before Congress.  As the House moves to consider cyber legislation next week and as the Senate prepares to begin its debate, I wanted to offer a brief comment on the politics of the debate. That question . . .
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House Homeland Cyber Bill — The Lungren Substitute

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 5:05 PM

The House Homeland Security Committee has now released its own updated version of a cybersecurity bill.  The text is (Lungren Substitute April 2012).   This bill stands in pretty significant contrast to the Rogers-Ruppersberger bill which (in its amended form) has come under some criticism from the privacy and civil liberties community.  Regarding this new offering . . .
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Rogers-Ruppersberger Manager’s Amendment

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Friday, April 13, 2012 at 9:27 PM

The Rogers-Ruppersberger bill will come to the floor the week of April 23.  It’s information sharing provisions are likely to be the crux of the debate on the House side.  Today, the Manager’s filed a draft amendment in the nature of a substitute.  Major differences: Throughout the bill the concept of private sector entity is . . .
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The Who, What and Why of Information Sharing in Cybersecurity Legislation

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 6:28 PM

In earlier posts I’ve written generally about the information sharing provisions of the Lieberman-Collins cybersecurity bill and the McCain bill.  Today I want to continue drilling down in comparing the two bills on a more detailed basis by examining the nuts and bolts of the respective information sharing proposals – asking, what information will be . . .
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Surprise — House to Move Before Senate on Cyber Legislation

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 11:48 AM

For months everyone watching as cyber legislation moved on Capitol Hill has been sure of only one thing — that the main action was in the Senate where the basic outlines of any legislative deal would be forged.  The House, went the common wisdom, would have to follow along after Senate consideration.  No longer.  According . . .
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House Cyber Legislation Amendments

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Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 10:20 AM

One of the dangers of blogging about current events is that changing events tend to overtake what you have written.  Earlier this week, I wrote about the two House bills currently moving through that chamber. Amendments have been made to both bills.  The Rogers-Ruppersberger amendment can be found here and the Lungren amendment in the . . .
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The Kill or Capture List

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Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 3:21 PM

The oral argument for the Al-Zahrani case, about which Ben just posted, took up much of my morning, so expect Headlines and Commentary tomorrow. But in the meantime, I wanted to share this very interesting article, which discusses the National Security Council panel which decides who is placed on the “kill or capture” list. The process was revealed by . . .
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A Second U.S. Citizen Killed Alongside Al-Aulaqi

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Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Yesterday, the New York Times reported that Samir Khan, a 25-year old U.S. citizen from North Carolina, was killed in the same drone strike that targeted Anwar al-Aulaqi. According to Foreign Policy, Khan “helped create the media architecture of the American online jihadi community,” primarily by running Inspire, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) online . . .
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