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The FBI Impersonates the Media: Some of the Rules Governing Cyber-Subterfuge

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Friday, November 7, 2014 at 2:54 PM

The developing story of the FBI’s impersonation of journalists is, in a way, really the story of Timberline high school in Washington State. In June of 2007 Timberline had received a series of bomb threats, prompting a week of evacuations. The FBI and local law enforcement traced the problem to an anonymous account on the . . .
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How Not to Do Remote Computer Searches

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Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Recently The Guardian reported on FBI demands new powers to hack into computers and carry out surveillance. The FBI is seeking to make several changes to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, which governs how law enforcement can conduct court-approved searches.  Under the proposal, in investigating compromised machines (e.g., those in a botnet), law . . .
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Ask Wells: #ComeyCrypto, Our Mysterious Publisher, and Cancelled Hearings

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Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 5:00 PM

I am stoked to post the first installment of Lawfare’s latest (and perhaps most peculiar) experimental feature: “Ask Wells.” The format, as Benjamin Wittes explained earlier, is straightforward.  Readers can write in and ask questions on most any topic—from national security law to the site’s content and editorial choices to whatever other things may be on . . .
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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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FBI Director Comey’s Remarks as Delivered

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Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 12:31 PM

You can find the text of FBI Directory James Comey’s remarks as delivered today at Brookings here or below. They begin: Good morning. It’s an honor to be here. I have been on the job as FBI Director for one year and one month. I like to express my tenure in terms of months, and I . . .
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Happening Now: FBI Director James Comey at Brookings

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Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:15 AM

At 10:30 am, FBI Director James Comey will be at Brookings delivering a talk entitled, Going Dark: Are Technology, Privacy, and Public Safety on a Collision Course?  You can watch the livesteam below and join the conversation on Twitter using #ComeyCrypto. Here’s how Brookings is describing the event: Issues of privacy and security are at the . . .
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The Fox-DOJ Subpoena Fight: A Summary in Documents

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Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 10:03 PM

In July 2009, Mike Levine, a reporter for Fox News, broke a story about federal prosecutors secretly filing terrorism charges against a group of Somali-Americans in Minneapolis who were recruited to join Al Qaeda-linked groups in Somalia. Levine’s story was based on confidential information leaked to him by various unidentified government officials. In January 2011, . . .
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FBI Director James Comey to Speak at Brookings Next Week on Encryption

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Friday, October 10, 2014 at 5:56 PM

I’m excited to be hosting FBI Director James Comey this coming Thursday for a speech and conversation on encryption at the Brookings Institution. Here’s how Brookings is describing the event: Going Dark: Are Technology, Privacy, and Public Safety on a Collision Course? Issues of privacy and security are at the forefront of public debate, particularly . . .
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Twitter Files Lawsuit Against Justice Department, FBI

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Twitter filed suit yesterday against Attorney General Eric Holder, the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey, and the FBI in the District Court for the Northern District of California. You can read the company’s announcement on their website, and a copy of the complaint is available here. The latter is—forgive the e-humor—a . . .
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Oral Argument Tomorrow in Under Seal v. Holder

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Speaking of National Security Letter (NSL) challenges: tomorrow morning Judges Ikuta, N. Randy Smith and Murguia of the Ninth Circuit will hear oral argument in In re National Security Letter, Under Seal v. Holder. These cases are sealed, but the Court has ordered the disclosure of party briefs and other documents, available here. [Just a note: Nos. . . .
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Jason Leopold on the Samir Khan Case

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Monday, September 22, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Over at VICE News, reporter Jason Leopold has this very interesting story about the FBI investigation of Samir Khan, the AQAP propagandist and editor of Inspire magazine, who was killed in the strike against Anwar Al-Awlaqi. Khan, like Al-Awlaqi, was a U.S. citizen, though the government maintains that he was not the target of the strike that . . .
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The FBI’s Facial Recognition Program

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Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Earlier this week, the FBI announced the completion of its “next generation” facial recognition program.  The system, now “fully operational” will house more than 52 million faces, which (assuming no duplication) is roughly 1 in 6 Americans.  The system is said to be only moderately effective — it will typically return 50 possible matches for . . .
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Civil Liberties Groups Write to White House, Express Concerns Over Intercept Story on NSA & FBI Surveillance

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 2:31 PM

In response to today’s Intercept story on NSA and FBI surveillance of Muslim Americans, a large coalition of civil liberties and human rights groups have written to the White House—and, among other things, asked the Obama Administration for a “full and public accounting” of the surveillance described in the story.  Here is the letter (which I . . .
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House Hearings This Morning on FBI Oversight and Bergdahl Exchange

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Today, two hearings began before House of Representatives committees at 10:00 am. FBI Director James Comey is appearing before the House Judiciary Committee to testify on oversight of the Bureau. His prepared testimony and the live broadcast are below. The Honorable James B. Comey Director Federal Bureau of Investigation Meanwhile, the House Armed Services Committee . . .
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The FBI and the Bombing at the Boston Marathon in 2013

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Two opposite mistakes in an after-the-fact review of a terrorist incident are equally damaging. One is to fail to recognize the powerful difference between foresight and hindsight in evaluating how an investigative or intelligence agency should have behaved.  After the fact, we know on whom we should have focused attention as a suspect, and we . . .
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4/17 Session #1: A Special Trial Counsel, and a Pause

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Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 10:14 AM

We’re back in session.  The military judge, Army Col. James L. Pohl, calls proceedings to order.  Of the five 9/11 accused, there are two absentees: Walid Bin Attash and Mustafa Al-Hawsawi.  That prompts a voluntariness discussion, which proceeds according to the expected script. First on our substantive agenda, and all of that agenda, really: the . . .
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9/11 Case Motions Hearing: April 17 Session

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Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 9:01 AM

There’s a small band of us here at Fort Meade’s Smallwood Hall—the venue where we’ll take in, via slightly-delayed, Closed Circuit Television, more of a pre-trial motions session in the 9/11 military commission case. It’s been an odd little week at Guantanamo.  To recap, the defense has claimed that the FBI, while investigating the leak . . .
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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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