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Hayden v. Gellman: “Leakers or Whistleblowers?” A Debate at Duke

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 6:38 AM

This event took place last night at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

Two Notes on Secrecy v. Transparency in the National Security World

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Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Two pieces in the news worth noting on the issue of secrecy v. transparency in the U.S. intelligence world.  First, The Guardian reports that former DRNSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden said in London: “It’s clear to me now that in liberal democracies the security services don’t get to do what they do without broad public understanding . . .
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Shane Harris on General Alexander

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Friday, September 13, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Shane Harris has a long piece in FP about NSA Director Keith Alexander entitled The Cowboy of the NSA.  Harris shows, with nice detail and color, how Alexander has engaged for years in an all-out drive to collect more and more data.  But as the title suggests, the thrust of the story is that General . . .
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Will Saletan on AEI’s CIA Interrogation Panel

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Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:00 AM

I missed this week AEI’s panel on Zero Dark Thirty and the reality of coercive interrogation at the CIA, though I have been meaning to watch the video. I also missed Will Saletan’s excellent article Wednesday on the panel in Slate, which distills with an admirable economy of words and virtually no rhetoric, the basic . . .
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AEI Event on Zero Dark Thirty

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 12:04 PM

The American Enterprise Institute held an event yesterday entitled “Watching ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ with the CIA: Separating fact from fiction.” According to the event description, the discussion centered around some of the following questions: Just how accurate is Bigelow’s depiction of enhanced interrogation techniques? Did intelligence from detainees really play a critical role in leading . . .
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Dan Klaidman on “How Obama Learned to Kill”

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 6:43 AM

Yesterday, I linked to this article in the New York Times on the development of Obama’s counterterrorism policies. I did not know when I posted it that my old colleague, Dan Klaidman, had a book excerpt out the same day. Raffaela linked yesterday to this incredible story in Newsweek/The Daily Beast, but I thought I would flag . . .
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The Unpersuasiveness of the Case for Cybersecurity Regulation – An Introduction

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 12:35 PM

My friend, Jack Goldsmith, wonders whether my earlier post about the pending Congressional proposal to regulate cybersecurity was a reference to General Alexander’s failure to persuade Senator McCain of the merits of a regulatory program, or an expression of my own view.  He rightly concludes that it was a little bit of both – mostly . . .
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Duke Law Conference on Afghanistan

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 5:25 PM

The Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke Law School will hold its annual conference on Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th. The Center’s executive director, Air Force Maj. General Charles Dunlap, writes: This year’s theme is After Afghanistan: Where To From Here? The conference will examine the state and future of national security . . .
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NSA Helps Banks Protect Against Cyber Attacks

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Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 5:16 AM

Reuters has an interesting story about the NSA helping U.S. banks defend against foreign cyber attacks by providing them with “technical expertise.” According to the article, the NSA has already been helping NASDAQ protect against hackers. The government appears to consider the the threat of cyber attack against the nation’s financial infrastructure to be serious enough . . .
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Members of Congress Demand Response to Chinese Commercial Cyber Espionage

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Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Members of both the House and Senate this week criticized China for what Representative Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) called “a massive and sustained intelligence effort by a government to blatantly steal commercial data and intellectual property.” At a hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, retired General Michael Hayden, former head of the NSA and CIA, said, “I . . .
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Is it Time to End the War on Terror?

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Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 2:02 PM

That was the subject of a debate the other day put on by a group called Intelligence Squared–which was attended and summarized by Lawfare reader John Mattiace. Mattiace is an attorney practicing in New Jersey, who earned his J.D. from Seton Hall Law School in 2010.  While in law school, he studied Islamic Law at the . . .
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Cybersecurity Treaties: A Skeptical View

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 9:05 AM

That is the title of an informal essay of mine, just posted as part of a collection of essays on future challenges in national security by the members of the Hoover Institution Task Force on National Security and Law. Here is the introduction: Prospects for a cybersecurity treaty seem to have improved in the last . . .
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The Patriotism of the American Media

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Monday, February 28, 2011 at 7:11 AM

In its story last week about the ties between the CIA and Raymond Davis, the American recently arrested in Pakistan, the New York Times offered this explanation for why it sat on the story: The New York Times had agreed to temporarily withhold information about Mr. Davis’s ties to the agency at the request of the Obama administration, which argued that . . .
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Mexico, Insurgency, and the Arguably Misleading Controversy over Under Secretary Westphal’s Remarks

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Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Last week, Under Secretary of the Army Joseph Westphal gave a speech at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics on the subject of “The Impact of Education on the Armed Forces in the 21st Century.”  At the end of the post-speech Q&A (around the 51 minute mark – the full audio is here), . . .
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General Hayden on Government Secrets and the Press

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Monday, November 1, 2010 at 10:33 AM

General Michael Hayden, former Director of the CIA and the NSA, gave an interesting speech on the media and national security last Friday at the Newseum’s conference last Friday on Criminal Law, National Security, and the First Amendment.  (Hayden’s remarks were sandwiched between great panel discussions on the News Media and National Security and Prosecuting . . .
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Mohamed v. Jeppesen Dataplan (9th Cir. Sep. 8, 2010) (en banc) (affirming judgment of district court dismissing suit in light of State Secrets Privilege)

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 7:09 PM

 A closely-divided en banc 9th Circuit has reversed an earlier panel decision that had in turn reversed a district court decision dismissing this civil suit relating to the CIA’s rendition program.  The majority opinion by Judge Fisher was joined by Chief Judge Kozinski and also by Judges Tallman, Rawlinson, and Callahan.  The dissent by Judge . . .
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