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Lawfare Analysis of the PRG Report: A Summary

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Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:36 AM

On December 18, the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology released its much anticipated report, Liberty and Security in a Changing World. Tomorrow, President Obama will give a major speech on intelligence reform, announcing which recommendations he means to accept and what he plans both to do himself and to ask of Congress. . . .
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Part III: The Diamond Buried Deep in the Surveillance Review Group Report

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Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM

What follows is the last in a short, three-post assessment of selected aspects of the surveillance review group report. In this post, I highlight what is, in my view, the most productive of the review group’s many observations, from a national security perspective. Not surprisingly, given the composition and expertise of the review group members, . . .
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Part II: Observations on Selected Surveillance Review Group Themes

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Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 12:00 PM

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A Three-Post Reaction to the Surveillance Review Group Report

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Over the past week and a half, writers on this site have provided comprehensive and detailed summaries of the surveillance review group report, along with some observations and assessments, as well as sharper critiques. Today, Lawfare is running the first of three posts summarizing my reaction to and observations about various aspects of the report. The first post, . . .
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October 2 Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on FISA: Video and Testimony

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Despite the government shutdown, the Senate Judiciary Committee is moving forward with its planned hearing on FISA. Here’s the list of witnesses and their testimony: “Continued Oversight of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act” Wednesday, October 2, 2013 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226 10:00 a.m. Panel I The Honorable James R. Clapper (testimony) Director of . . .
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My Statement Today Before the Senate Intelligence Committee

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Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 2:00 PM

The following is my my prepared statement for today’s hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The hearing, which is beginning at this hour, concerns reform of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.  Thank you, Chairman Feinstein, Vice Chairman Chambliss, and members of the committee for inviting me to present my views on reform of the Foreign . . .
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Constitution Day Event at Georgetown on Surveillance Law

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Monday, September 23, 2013 at 8:02 PM

I was honored to moderate a panel at Georgetown Law on Constitution Day, entitled “A Constitutional Conversation: The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in a Digital Era.” The panel, composed of Georgetown Law Professors Carrie Cordero, Laura Donohue, and Marty Lederman, focused on the FISA surveillance programs leaked by Edward Snowden and described in recently-declassified FISA materials, . . .
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Carrie Cordero Misses the Point (Again) on FISA Reform

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Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 9:01 PM

In her post from earlier today responding to yesterday’s government disclosures, Carrie writes that “I hope it is clear that the critics of surveillance activities only see transparency as the first step in a longer fight. The strategy is a one-two punch. The first punch is transparency. The second is to scale back or eliminate . . .
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Legitimacy, Legality, and Ben’s “Muddled Middle Ground” on FISA

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 4:04 PM

I must confess to being somewhat vexed by Ben’s reply this morning to the exchange between Carrie Cordero and me on FISA reform–not for what Ben says, but for why he thinks that leaves him in a  ”very muddled middle ground” between us. Ben’s agreement with Carrie appears to be that (1) overlawyering is bad; . . .
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Defriending FISA: A Response to Carrie Cordero

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Monday, August 12, 2013 at 2:21 PM

The central theme of Carrie’s post critiquing proposals for FISA reform appears to be that there are already too many lawyers and too much oversight of how the NSA conducts “foreign intelligence surveillance,” and so any proposals to increase these accountability mechanisms by appointing some kind of “special advocate” are necessarily myopic insofar as they (1) . . .
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Why These Leaks Hurt

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Friday, June 7, 2013 at 2:47 PM

[Editor's Note: Carrie Cordero is a frequent Lawfare guest poster, a former Justice Department official, and currently Director of National Security Studies at Georgetown University Law Center]  As someone who previously practiced before the FISA Court, my first reaction to seeing what appeared to be a leaked Top Secret FISA Court order containing the name of a telecommunications . . .
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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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Carrie Cordero on Questions to Ask After the Boston Attacks

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Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Carrie Cordero, Georgetown’s Director of National Security Studies and a former Justice Department official, writes in with this piece on the Boston attacks and possible improvements to our approach to counterterrorism: If the recent news reports are accurate (a leap of faith, but a necessary one for present purposes), then DNI Clapper’s recent statement that . . .
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Carrie Cordero Compiles Alarm-Sounding Sequestration Comments

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 6:43 AM

Carrie Cordero, Georgetown’s Director of National Security Studies and a former Justice Department official, writes in with the following useful compilation of administration warnings about the effects of sequestration on national security: One might think it would have been better to start with Senator Tom Coburn’s infamous Wastebook when looking for places to trim the deficit. (Great . . .
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NSA General Counsel Rajesh De Speech at Georgetown

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Friday, March 1, 2013 at 1:42 PM

NSA General Counsel Rajesh De gave the following address at Georgetown Law School on Wednesday: Remarks of Rajesh De, General Counsel, National Security Agency Georgetown Law School, February 27, 2013 (as prepared for delivery) Thank you for the introduction and the opportunity to speak today at this distinguished event.  I’d also like to extend my . . .
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Carrie Cordero on FISA Court Lessons for a “Drone Court”

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Monday, February 18, 2013 at 6:56 AM

Carrie Cordero, Georgetown’s Director of National Security Studies and a former Justice Department national security official, writes in with the following thoughts on the FISA Court and its lessons for a possible “Drone Court”: The debate that has played out in Congress, in print and online in recent days, has resulted in a collision of . . .
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Carrie Cordero on Physical Security at Schools

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Carrie Cordero, Georgetown’s Director of National Security Studies and a former Justice Department official, writes in with the following provocative thoughts on the Newtown shootings and layered physical security in counterterrorism—and at schools: So far, discussion after Newtown has focused on gun control legislation and our country’s unaddressed issues of mental health. Fair enough. Those . . .
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Carrie Cordero on Fusion Centers

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 7:03 AM

Carrie Cordero, Georgetown’s Director of National Security Studies and a former Justice Department official, writes in with the following thoughts on fusion centers: As Matt Waxman noted last month, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations recently published a report entitled, “Federal Support for and Involvement in State and Local Fusion Centers.” Having been previously involved . . .
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Carrie Cordero on the Lone Shooter

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Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Carrie Cordero, Georgetown’s Director of National Security Studies and a former Justice Department official, writes in with the following ruminations concerning lone wolf terrorist offenders: No one really wants to talk about the lone offender. If the violent events and subsequent reactions to those events in recent years are any indication, the law and policy . . .
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Cato’s Julian Sanchez Responds to Carrie Cordero

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Over at the Cato Institute’s Cato@Liberty blog, Julian Sanchez responds to the recent guest post by former Justice Department official Carrie Cordero on FISA Amendments Act reauthorization. Writes Sanchez: we seem to have at least 13 senators who don’t believe they’ve been provided with enough information to perform their oversight role adequately. Perhaps they’re setting the bar . . .
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