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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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Obama’s Blueprint for Fighting Terrorism Collides With Reality in Iraq

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Friday, July 4, 2014 at 8:42 AM

That is the title of a NYT story this morning by Landler, Gordon, and Mazzetti.  The “Blueprint” they have in mind is the one the President laid out at West Point, which (in their words) “relies less on American soldiers . . . and more on training troops in countries where those threats had taken . . .
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The New York Times Editorial Page Discovers Originalism—In Japan

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Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 8:10 AM

The New York Times this morning has an editorial objecting to the reinterpretation of Japan’s constitution to make it a bit less pacifist: Mr. Abe has long argued for changing the Constitution on the grounds that Japan should assert itself as a “normal” country, freed of postwar constraints imposed as a consequence of its wartime . . .
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Whence Imminence in that Drone Memo? A Puzzle and a Theory

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 11:19 AM

On May 27, a unanimous Supreme Court—to little notice from just about anyone—handed down a case called Plumhoff v. Rickard, which dealt with a police shooting and a claim of excessive force during a high-speed car chase. Donald Rickard had led police in Arkansas on a highway chase, at the end of which officers shot him and . . .
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David Barron, Targeted Killing, and Rand Paul’s Wrongheaded Oped

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Monday, May 12, 2014 at 8:10 AM

“I believe that killing an American citizen without a trial is an extraordinary concept and deserves serious debate,” writes Sen. Rand Paul in an oped in the New York Times this morning. “I can’t imagine appointing someone to the federal bench, one level below the Supreme Court, without fully understanding that person’s views concerning the extrajudicial . . .
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The New York Times on David Barron

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Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 8:36 AM

This was bound to happen eventually, I suppose: the New York Times editorial page has gotten behind the effort to hold up David Barron’s judicial nomination. Sort of. Calling Barron, whom Obama has nominated to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, “The Lawyer Behind the Drone Policy,” the Times notes that: . . .
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Hypocrisy Revealed! U.S. Exploits Vulnerabilities, Gathers Foreign Intelligence

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Friday, April 25, 2014 at 8:14 AM

We now know the shocking truth. The FBI has success­fully exploited a software vulnerability to obtain access, through recruited hackers, to networks operated by the governments of Brazil, Pakistan, Nige­ria, and Turkey and—hold your breath—Iran and Syria. Even more startling, especially to those despairing of our government agencies’ ability to cooperate with one another, the . . .
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Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Bin Laden’s Son-in-Law, Convicted

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Benjamin Weiser of the New York Times has the story: Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the most senior adviser to Osama bin Laden to be tried in a civilian United States court since the Sept. 11 attacks, was convicted on Wednesday of conspiring to kill Americans and providing material support to terrorists. Mr. Abu Ghaith, a 48-year-old . . .
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James Risen Needs to Read the NYT

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Andrew Beaujon at Poynter reports that at last week’s Sources and Secrets conference, NYT reporter James Risen, who is fighting a subpoena for information in the Jeffrey Sterling trial, made these remarks: 1)     The Obama administration is “the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation.” 2)     The administration . . .
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The NYT on NSA’s Huawei Penetration [UPDATED]

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Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 8:41 PM

David Sanger and Nicole Perlroth report about how the NSA has successfully placed backdoors into the networks of the Chinese Telecommunications giant Huawei for purposes of (a) discerning Huawei’s links to the People’s Liberation Army and (b) preparing for offensive operations in third countries.   It also has some detail (apparently based on leaks other than . . .
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What is the Point of the New Drone Targeting Rules?

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Friday, February 28, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Another tidbit from the NYT story Ben just flagged: It is unclear what Mr. Obama’s position is on whether Mr. Shami should be targeted.  American officials said that as part of the new rules ordered by Mr. Obama, the Pentagon, rather than the C.I.A., is supposed to carry out any lethal strike against an American . . .
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Who is the American the U.S. May Be Targeting Overseas?

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Friday, February 28, 2014 at 7:31 AM

The New York Times has the answer—sort of: WASHINGTON — He is known as Abdullah al-Shami, an Arabic name meaning Abdullah the Syrian. But his nom de guerre masks a reality: He was born in the United States, and the United States is now deciding whether to kill him. Mr. Shami, a militant who American . . .
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A Partial Answer to My Question

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:44 PM

The estimable Benjamin Weiser of the excellent New York Times news staff wrote me this afternoon response to my post earlier today about the government’s motion for pseudononymous testimony in the Sulaiman Abu Gayth case. I had reported that: Judge Kaplan, in a handwritten notation, appears to have rejected the motion two days later. He writes: “Motion . . .
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A Question for the New York Times

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Monday, February 24, 2014 at 12:45 PM

The New York Times has an editorial today about the need for data privacy legislation and about the report that president adviser John Podesta is putting together on big data and privacy. “The president and the public need from Mr. Podesta and his team not only a thorough description of how businesses are collecting private data but . . .
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What I Am—And What I Am Not—Saying About Laura Poitras

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 8:46 PM

This morning, Jane and I posted a critique of the New York Times‘s very silly story about non-NSA surveillance—by one foreign government against another foreign governments—surveillance not against US persons, surveillance which did not target lawyers. The story was headlined: “Spying by N.S.A. Ally Entangled U.S. Law Firm.” The story’s dual byline included Laura Poitras, a documentary . . .
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The Latest Snowden Leak: NSA Isn’t Spying on Lawyers

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Unless the public is really tiring of matters Snowden, the New York Times’s latest is going to stir up the hornet’s nest. “Spying by N.S.A. Ally Entangled U.S. Law Firm,” blares the headline of the story by reporter James Risen and freelancer Laura Poitras—from whom the Times (which insists it never pays for information) sometimes . . .
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Looks Like I’m Not Alone in My View of the New York Times Editorial Page

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 4:31 PM

According to the New York Observer, anyway, the news staff seems to agree with me: IT’S WELL KNOWN AMONG THE SMALL WORLD of people who pay attention to such things that the liberal-leaning reporters at The Wall Street Journal resent the conservative-leaning editorial page of The Wall Street Journal. What’s less well known—and about to break into the open, threatening the very . . .
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Two Thoughts on the Sanger/Shanker Story on NSA Infiltration of Foreign Networks

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 6:56 AM

David Sanger and Thom Shanker have a lengthy story in the NYT about various NSA techniques for penetrating foreign computers and networks, including a strategy for accessing seemingly air-gapped computers.  Two thoughts: First, this article shows how much publication norms have changed in recent years.  (Sanger and Shanker note that the NYT did not publish . . .
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Describing Bob Litt in Contradictory Terms?

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 8:04 AM

In his profile yesterday of DNI General Counsel Bob Litt, the Washington Post‘s Greg Miller writes: Litt has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates and causes, and friends describe him in somewhat contradictory terms: an avowed liberal on social issues but a true believer in the propriety of surveillance programs such as those . . .
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From IC On The Record: A response to the Times Editorial, and the FISC Renews the Telephony Metadata Program

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Monday, January 6, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Two important releases showed up on the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s Tumblr on Friday. First, the General Counsel for the ODNI, Bob Litt, responded to the New York Times Edward Snowden editorial last week, and sought to set the record straight with regard to the DNI’s exchange with Senator Ron Wyden’s staff in . . .
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