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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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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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