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Senator Udall Discusses Covert Action in Syria to Train 2-3K Moderate Rebels

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Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 1:46 PM

From yesterday’s Senate Arms Services Committee Hearing (at about the 2:23 mark): Senator UDALL (NM):  And my question to you has to do with – and this is all public information, but everybody’s well aware there’s been a covert operation, operating in the region to train forces, moderate forces, to go into Syria and to . . .
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Who Is Saying What About the Leahy Surveillance Bill

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Below you’ll find a compilation of public statements on Senator Patrick Leahy’s new and improved USA Freedom Act, which he unveiled yesterday. Suffice it to say:  the reviews are generally positive, give or take some rather qualified, less committal remarks from the Chairs of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees. Administration Ned Price, Spokesman for the . . .
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An Overview of FISA Reform Options on Capitol Hill

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Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Edward Snowden’s disclosures and subsequent government declassifications have prompted a wave of proposals to retool the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (“FISA”). Some of these proposed revisions are new; others merely reprise older ideas which were put forward earlier in Congress, as recently as 2012. Rare bipartisan alliances have coalesced during the debate—ones that have more . . .
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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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A Belated FISA Amendment Act Reauthorization Act Update

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Monday, January 21, 2013 at 2:14 PM

As readers probably already know, the Senate ended an otherwise largely legislation-light 2012 by approving a controversial five-year extension of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (FAA), which the House had previously passed in September. President Obama signed the reauthorization into law on January 4th. The legislative debate that led up to the bill had . . .
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Carrie Cordero On the FAA Reauthorization

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Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 7:43 AM

Carrie Cordero, Georgetown’s Director of National Security Studies and a former Justice Department official, writes in with the following account of a recent Cato Institute event (which, ahem, would have been on the Lawfare calendar and the good folks at Cato notified us about it, by the way) on reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act: . . .
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Rep. Adam Smith and Sen. Mark Udall Propose NDAA Changes

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Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 10:00 PM

House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member and Sen. Mark Udall have proposed a brief bill that would make two significant changes to the NDAA’s detention provisions. The bill, a fact sheet about which is available here, does two things: First, it requires that any person “who is detained in the United States” shall be “transfer[ed] . . . .
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Senate Debate on the NDAA Conference Report

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Monday, December 19, 2011 at 11:03 AM

In our final installment of NDAA transcripts, we bring you the Senate’s debate on December 15th on the conference report’s detention provisions. Here are some highlights: Senators Carl Levin and John McCain tout the strengths of the detention provisions starting on pages 1 and 3, respectively. Senator McCain acknowledges the collaboration the conference committee had with . . .
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NDAA passage, final transcript from Senate Floor

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Friday, December 2, 2011 at 11:56 AM

The Senate passed the NDAA (S. 1867) last night on a 93-7 vote. The seven senators who voted against final passage are: Coburn Harkin Lee Merkley Paul Sanders Wyden The bill now moves on to a conference with the House. You can read the transcript from yesterday’s debate on the detainee provisions here, and previous . . .
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NDAA Senate Debate Part 3: “hundreds and hundreds of hours of debate”

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Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 3:21 PM

You can read the edited transcript from the Senate’s debate yesterday on the detention provisions here. Previous coverage is available here and here. This includes debate on the Sessions amendment starting on page 4, the Feinstein amendments starting on page 11 and continuing throughout the transcript, and Senator Ayotte’s amendments on page 40. As Senator Udall advocated on . . .
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“Please read the damn bill” Part 2: Senate Debate on the NDAA

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 10:22 AM

As so many of you have found our earlier post of the Senate debate over the NDAA useful, we wanted to offer legislative materials related to the Senate’s deliberations.  I will continue to update this post with new materials, as I find them today. And I will post a transcript of the portions of the . . .
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The Udall Amendment Has Failed

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 4:25 PM

The amendment to the Senate NDAA by Senator Mark Udall to strip out the detention provisions of the bill has gone down. The vote, 37 for it, and 61 against, wasn’t even close.

Udall Amendment on NDAA

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Friday, November 25, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Senator Mark Udall of Colorado is pushing an amendment to the NDAA to strip the bill of its detainee-affairs provisions and require further study of the relevant issues from both the executive branch and relevant congressional committees. Here is the amendment, and here is Sen. Udall’s statement about it. As Lawfare readers know, my feelings . . .
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FOIA and the Question of Secret Law

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Friday, October 7, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Charlie Savage of the New York Times has filed this FOIA suit in an effort to acquire a classified report issued by DOJ and ODNI to Congress “pertaining to intelligence collection authorities” under section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act (permitting the government to obtain from the FISC an order for the production of “any . . .
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