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FBI Agents Embedding with JSOC Units in Combat Zones

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Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 11:49 PM

The Washington Post has a story this evening on an often-overlooked aspect of interagency cooperation in connection with both combat operations and counterterrorism:  FBI agents deploying into the field with JSOC units. Most of the story focuses on such deployments in the context of combat zones (Iraq & Afghanistan), with an emphasis on the extent . . .
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This American Life on that Guy the FBI Killed in Florida

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Monday, March 10, 2014 at 8:20 AM

A fascinating hour of radio from This American Life this week on that guy in Florida who was a friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev and was killed by the FBI during an interrogation session in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing after allegedly confessing to a gruesome triple murder—and apparently implicating Tsarnaev in it too. Very . . .
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Jim Baker Appointed as FBI General Counsel

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Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:00 AM

FBI Director Jim Comey has appointed Jim Baker as FBI General Counsel.  This is an outstanding appointment.  The announcement is here. Jim Baker is one of the most experienced and conscientious intelligence professionals in the United States, with particular expertise in FISA, terrorism, cyber-security, and the intersection of criminal law and intelligence operations.  A career . . .
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10/24 Motions Session #4: Odds and Ends

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Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Remember the possibility, raised earlier in the week, of stipulations regarding Al-Hawsawi’s language capability, during the case’s pre-referral phase?  Ruiz brings the matter up once more, having in mind the defense’s motion to dismiss for defective referral, AE08.  Prosecutor Clay Trivett has disputed Ruiz’s suggestion that Al-Hawsawi could not speak english well enough to communicate . . .
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Has the Tea Party Forgotten About 9-11?

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Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 12:51 PM

As the government lurches towards a likely shutdown on Tuesday, Tea Party Republicans should remember that the United States remains a country at war, not only in Afghanistan, but with al-Qaida and its affiliates around the world.  Tea Party Republicans may not be worried about the political perils of a government shutdown to the Republican . . .
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The FBI Responds to Senator Paul, Senator Paul Lifts His Hold, and James B. Comey Gets Confirmed as FBI Director

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Monday, July 29, 2013 at 7:08 PM

So says the Washington Post. Here’s the FBI’s response to Paul’s letter last week, and here is what Senator Paul said about the response as he lifted his hold (but voted against the nomination): The FBI today responded to my questions on domestic use of surveillance drones by saying that they don’t necessarily need a warrant . . .
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President Obama Comments on Data Mining

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Friday, June 7, 2013 at 1:14 PM

The New York Times reports on President Obama’s first public comments on the NSA and FBI surveillance programs. Updated: Check out the C-SPAN video. The story opens: President Obama on Friday offered a robust defense of the government surveillance programs revealed this week, and sought to reassure the public that his administration has not become . . .
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POTUS Plans to Nominate James B. Comey as Next FBI Director

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 7:29 PM

So report the New York Times and the Washington Post.  

Center for Democracy and Technology Report on USG Proposals to Expand CALEA to Peer-to-Peer Communications

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Friday, May 17, 2013 at 8:47 AM

The New York Times has a story about the problems of expanding CALEA to on peer-to-peer communications.  The story discusses a Center for Democracy and Technology report on the topic by several experts.  One signatory is Susan Landau, who writes in:    Our first concern is something that I have written about on multiple occasions, . . .
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Susan Landau on Obama Administration’s New Wiretapping Proposal

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Charlie Savage reported in the NYT today that the Obama administration “is on the verge of backing a Federal Bureau of Investigation plan for a sweeping overhaul of surveillance laws that would make it easier to wiretap people who communicate using the Internet rather than by traditional phone services,” in particular by fining firms that . . .
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Susan Landau on USG Surevillance Via New Technologies

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 7:17 AM

Susan Landau, author of Surveillance or Security? The Risks Posed by New Wiretapping Technologies (which I highly recommend), writes in with a different take than Paul’s on the WP CALEA story: The Washington Post reported yesterday on the FBI’s newest plan for wiretaps in the Internet age: “a series of escalating fines, starting at tens of thousands of . . .
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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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Lawfare Podcast #29: Former Counterterrorism Official Philip Mudd Interviewed at Brookings

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Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM

On Monday, my Brookings colleague Bruce Riedel held an excellent discussion with Philip Mudd, former deputy director of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center and author of the new book Takedown: Inside the Hunt for Al Qaeda. Mudd has also served as the deputy director of the FBI’s National Security Branch and as the FBI’s senior intelligence adviser. They discussed the relative . . .
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Count Me Confused

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Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 4:00 PM

The Hill reports: The head of the House Intelligence panel is worried the Justice Department may have jeopardized the public’s safety by allowing a federal judge to read the Boston bombing suspect his Miranda rights before fully interrogating him. Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) is demanding answers from Attorney General Eric Holder on . . .
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Court Prohibits Government Hack Back

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 5:05 PM

This report from today’s Wall Street Journal is fascinating.  It involves the decision of a Magistrate Judge to deny a government application for a search warrant in which the government proposed to install surreptitious software on the target computer (putatively owned and operated by the criminal suspect).  Among many interesting twists to the case, the . . .
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Senator Graham on Tsarnaev and Miranda

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Yesterday, Senator Lindsey Graham held a press conference, in which he unsurprisingly lamented the White House’s decision not to treat Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as an “enemy combatant.” A transcript is below. GRAHAM: Thank you for coming. I understand at 2:50, we’re going to have a moment of silence as a nation for the victims in Boston. . . .
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NYT on Tsarnaev’s Bedside Initial Hearing and PSE Questioning

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Among other things, the story describes the defendant’s interrogation, Sunday, pursuant to Miranda’s public safety exception: BOSTON — Lying grievously wounded in a hospital bed, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings admitted on Sunday to playing a role in the attacks, said law enforcement officials, and on Monday he was charged with using a weapon . . .
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Now Available: Charges Against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

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Monday, April 22, 2013 at 2:12 PM

The freshly unsealed criminal complaint was filed sometime yesterday.   (The complaint’s attachments—a supporting affidavit and cover sheet—can be found here and here.)  And it appears that Bobby’s prediction proved correct: the charges include one count of using a weapon of mass destruction, and another count of malicious destruction of property resulting in death. Relatedly—and importantly from the standpoint . . .
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National Security Investigations & Prosecutions, 2nd ed. (Vols. 1 & 2)

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 1:21 PM

David S. Kris and J. Douglas Wilson’s second edition of National Security Investigations & Prosecutions is a necessary read, or at least necessary to have in your library, for just about anyone who practices, teaches, or writes about national security law.  Kris and Wilson offer what appears to be the country’s sole comprehensive treatise on . . .
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The Human Face of Big Data

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Big Data finally has its own coffee table book. From Day in the Life series creators Rick Smolan and Jennifer Erwitt, The Human Face of Big Data is bursting with stories of Big Data modern miracles, promising even those will soon seem quaint. It’s a visually stunning effort on behalf of Big Data public relations. . . .
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