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Lawfare Podcast, Episode #101: Jameel Jaffer, Bob Litt, and William Banks Debate FISA

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Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Earlier this month, the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security held its “24th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law CLE Conference.” As part of the conference, the group held a particularly strong panel discussion on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act—featuring Bob Litt, general counsel to the DNI, Jameel Jaffer of . . .
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About (A Lot More Than) Metadata

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Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7:52 AM

The recent announcements by the President and the leaders of the House Intelligence Committee marked the beginning of the end of more than a decade of bulk metadata collection by the government under evolving authorities and legal structures. Now those structures are likely to change. Here on Lawfare, Matt Danzer, Ben Wittes and Carrie Cordero have . . .
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President Obama’s Metadata Proposal: A Win for Everyone?

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 10:01 PM

The ACLU is declaring President Obama’s announcement today of his proposal for reform of the 215 program “a major step in the right direction and a victory for privacy.” Jameel Jaffer, writing over at Just Security, raises questions about the proposal but says flatly: This is a milestone. The administration’s proposal is an acknowledgement that a . . .
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Yeah, but What Does Jameel Jaffer Really Think?

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Here’s his response, published at Just Security, to my post this morning about legal density and NSA: Over at Lawfare, Ben Wittes is making excuses for the intelligence officials who’ve been saying the NSA doesn’t spy on Americans. Ben acknowledges the statement is false—“not quite accurate,” is his rather dramatic understatement. In Ben’s view, however, those who’ve been misled . . .
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Putting A Lot of Distance Between Lawfare and the Lawfare Project

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Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Back when we founded Lawfare nearly three years ago, I got a call from a woman named Brooke Goldstein, who runs a group called The Lawfare Project based in New York. She was interested in possible collaboration, having noticed our name. We were trying to stand up Lawfare as its own independent voice, so this was not . . .
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Today’s Senate Judiciary Hearing on the FISA Surveillance Programs

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 8:49 AM

A big hearing is taking place this morning at 9am before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Media report that the Verizon order will be declassified at this hearing. Catch it live at the Committee’s website, or over at C-SPAN. Here’s the list of witnesses: “Strengthening Privacy Rights and National Security:  Oversight of FISA Surveillance Programs” Wednesday, July 31, . . .
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Clapper Opinion Recap: Supreme Court Denies Standing to Challenge NSA Warantless Wiretapping

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 9:17 PM

As Wells reported, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Clapper v. Amnesty International USA this morning. By a 5–4 vote, it held that a group of human rights organizations, lawyers, activists, and journalists lacked standing to challenge the constitutionality of a congressionally authorized, warrantless government surveillance program. The surveillance program was authorized by the . . .
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Confusion about “Imminence” and Targeted Killings

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 11:27 AM

The central substantive issue, legally and morally, in the administration’s Targeted Killing White Paper is how the concept of an “imminent threat” should be understood. This is where much of the debate is going to focus. Already, outrage from American critics has been directed to this point, as in the response from Jeff Rosen and, . . .
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Just Calm Down About that DOJ White Paper

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:56 PM

Okay, everyone, take a deep breath. Chill out. The DOJ’s “White Paper” on targeted killing is no big deal. Really. You wouldn’t know this from reading the somewhat breathless press coverage of the document, much of which offers a reasonable reader some confusion as to what the White Paper actually is. The more responsible reporters have . . .
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Lawfare Podcast Episode #21: Jameel Jaffer and Benjamin Powell on Clapper v. Amnesty International

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Monday, November 12, 2012 at 12:59 PM

On Monday, October 29, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Clapper v. Amnesty International, which poses the question whether a group of human rights organizations, lawyers, activists, and journalists have standing to challenge a congressionally-authorized warantless government surveillance program. In this episode of the podcast, I spoke with both Jameel Jaffer of the ACLU, who . . .
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ACLU’s Jaffer on the CIA’s Glomar Response, the Brennan Speech, and a Debate with Me

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 8:12 PM

In connection with my post this morning on the Brennan speech and the ACLU FOIA litigation, Jameel Jaffer – who heads up the ACLU’s National Security Project – had this op-ed on the FOIA litigation (with Nathan Wessler) on Monday and this response today to Brennan’s speech.  I disagree with much in Jameel’s reaction to the . . .
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Margulies Responds to Jaffer

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Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 6:38 AM

Peter Margulies responds to Jameel Jaffer’s response: I appreciate Jameel’s response to my earlier post, as I appreciate the work that he and the ACLU have done in promoting transparency.  However, Jameel’s response largely reinforces my argument.  First, Jameel doesn’t deny the premise of my post: that the photos that the ACLU sought largely piggybacked on . . .
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ACLU’s Jaffer Responds to Margulies

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Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 9:59 AM

The ACLU’s Jameel Jaffer responds to Peter Margulies’ post yesterday on “moving the goal posts”: Peter is mistaken.  We filed that suit because we thought the photos would help the public understand what had happened in the detention centers.  We also thought it would set an intolerable precedent to allow the government to withhold evidence of official . . .
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Margulies on “Moving the Goalposts”

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Friday, April 6, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Peter Margulies writes in with this response to my request for examples of NGOs moving the goalposts in their demands about counterterrorism legal policy. Administration critics “moved the goal posts” in responding to the Obama administration’s successful efforts to prevent disclosure of photos of detainee abuse.  The ACLU, whose chief FOIA litigator, Jameel Jaffer, is . . .
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Mixed Feelings About This

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Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 8:59 AM

I have mixed feelings about this New York Times oped by the ACLU’s Jameel Jaffer and Larry Siems of the Freedom to Write program at the PEN American Center, who are urging that government officials during the Bush administration “who stayed true to our values and stood up against cruelty are worthy of a wide . . .
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Some Thoughts on Judge Bates’ Decision

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 7:33 AM

Five thoughts on Judge Bates’ Al Aulaqi decision: First, as far as I’m concerned, there is really only one surprising thing about the decision, whose holdings any Lawfare reader could have anticipated relatively precisely. The surprise is that Judge Bates reached so many of the justiciability questions the government raised about the suit. He could, . . .
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Notes from the Al Aulaqi Argument

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Monday, November 8, 2010 at 11:39 PM

The Al Aulaqi argument today was long—far too long for me to write a blow-by-blow account of the entire session. It went on for three hours, and I had to duck out just before it ended. Even a brief summary would be, well, lengthy. As the arguments on both sides tracked those in the briefs . . .
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