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The Effect of the Proposed Repeal of the 2002 Iraq AUMF

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Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:07 PM

The Washington Post reports that Senator Paul “plans to introduce legislation to repeal the use-of-force resolution that paved the way for the Iraq war,” and notes that President Obama supports the repeal of the Iraq AUMF.  The 2002 Iraq AUMF authorizes the President to use necessary and appropriate force to “(1) defend the national security . . .
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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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A Brief Reply to Steve

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 7:41 AM

In his response to my post in defense of the NSA, Steve raises a few issues about my claim that the “NSA’s activities are legal.” I would like to address them each very briefly. First, he asks, “does Ben think we should completely ignore the fact that the NSA apparently misrepresented its activities–and its understanding . . .
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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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The FBI Responds to Senator Paul, Who Has More Questions About Drones in U.S. Airspace

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Friday, July 26, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Drones continue to raise Senator Rand Paul’s  (R-KY) hackles—the FBI’s drones especially, these days. Last month, and following drone-related congressional testimony by outgoing FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, Paul wrote to the Bureau and asked a number of follow-up questions: How long has the FBI been using drones without stated privacy protections or operational guidelines? Why is the . . .
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The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM

I have a long review in the New Republic of Mark Mazzetti’s excellent new book, The Way of the Knife.  The first half of the review simply summarizes the book, the main point of which is to demonstrate how since 9/11 the CIA and DOD have changed to become like one another.  In short, the CIA has become (in . . .
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New Gallup Poll on Support for Drone Strikes

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 7:52 AM

Ritika linked yesterday to a new Gallup poll on public attitudes towards drone strikes. The results are not surprising, but they are interesting. Americans largely support drone strike against foreign terrorist suspects abroad (65 percent support) but are less supportive (41 percent support) of targeting Americans overseas and are really not into domestic drone strikes . . .
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Coming at the AUMF Debate from a Different Angle

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 10:24 PM

I’ve so far stayed out of the exchange over the last few days between Jack, on the one hand, and Steve and Jennifer Daskal, on the other, about the paper that Jack and Matt and Bobby and I wrote on the need for a new AUMF. But I want to try to break through to higher ground. . . .
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Visualizing Cyber Intrusions

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Friday, March 15, 2013 at 4:59 PM

I was really struck by Raffa’s post last week on how to visualize Senator Paul’s drone filibuster.  It reminded me of the truth I learned long ago in a class taught by Ed Tufte — that a good picture with data is usually worth 100o words of prose.  With that in mind, on a pleasant . . .
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Tools and Tradeoffs: A Second Call for Comments

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Friday, March 15, 2013 at 4:47 PM

About a month ago, I posted a draft paper my colleague Dan Byman and I had put together about the different tools the United States uses to go after citizens waging war against it from abroad. In the crush of coverage of the White Paper controversy, the Brennan nomination, and the Rand Paul filibuster, the . . .
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Drones, Domestic Detention, and the Costs of Libertarian Hijacking

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Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 4:28 PM

The more I reflect on last week’s drone contretemps–and what effect the efforts of Senator Paul and his followers has had / may still have on U.S. policy–the more I have a profound and distressing sense of déjà vu. After all, it was barely 15 months ago that a hitherto-unheard-of coalition between what can safely . . .
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Two Questions for Rand Paul

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Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Rand Paul has a triumphant blow-by-blow account of his filibuster in the Washington Post. It contains the following curious sentence that to me captures almost everything wrong with his little campaign: “I wanted to sound an alarm bell from coast to coast. I wanted everybody to know that our Constitution is precious and that no . . .
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Senator Paul’s Moving Target

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Friday, March 8, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Senator Paul has an op-ed this morning that repeats many of the misrepresentations of the administration’s positions that were contained in his filibuster.  It also contains in a nutshell one reason why this issue has been so hard to resolve: the question changed in the middle of the conversation. Senator Paul says in his op-ed: When I . . .
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Two Additional Thoughts on Senator Paul’s Filibuster

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Friday, March 8, 2013 at 10:52 AM

First, I objected to the large mischaracterizations in Senator Paul’s remarks, and think the ones about our targeting practices abroad were especially damaging.  But there is no doubt that Senator Paul succeeded wildly in focusing public (and congressional) attention on the issues of drone policy, excessive administration secrecy, the scope of the conflict, and the . . .
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Visualizing Senator Paul’s Filibuster

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Friday, March 8, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Transcripts: they’re not just for reading anymore. Yesterday, when I posted the transcript of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s 13-hour filibuster of John Brennan’s nomination as CIA Director, I assumed that our readers would appreciate reading what the senator and his colleagues actually said.  George Mason University’s Rajendra Kulkarni, however, chose to do something far less snooze-worthy . . .
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Washington Post Editorial on Rand Paul, Drones, and Openness

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Friday, March 8, 2013 at 7:08 AM

The Washington Post, meanwhile, has this excellent editorial on Rand Paul’s filibuster and openness in the drone program: AFTER SEN. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) held the Senate hostage Wednesday in order to warn that American citizens could be targeted by drone strikes on U.S. soil, he was rightly taken to task for gross and irresponsible mischaracterizations of the . . .
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Publicity Stunt Postscript: Senators Cruz and Paul Propose Legislation on Targeted Killing by Domestic Drones

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Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Readers by now know this much: Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz harbor great anxieties about possible drone strikes against U.S. citizens on U.S. soil—chiefly against citizens who pose no imminent threat to our national security. And their concerns apparently will outlive John Brennan’s confirmation, earlier today, as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. (For . . .
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Thoughts on Rand Paul’s Publicity Stunt

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Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 9:19 PM

I have held off for nearly 24 hours in writing up my thoughts about Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster because I was trying to think of something to say beyond that this was a dumb publicity stunt. But here’s the problem: I can’t. Because the filibuster was, in fact, a dumb publicity stunt—and nothing more than . . .
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More from the AG in Response to Senator Paul

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Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 3:43 PM

According to this Talking Points Memo piece, Attorney General Eric Holder today sent another letter to Senator Rand Paul, regarding the latter’s inquiries on the executive branch’s authority to conduct domestic drone strikes against U.S. citizens.  The note seems to have satisfied Senator Paul, who apparently no longer will seek to block a confirmation vote . . .
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Senator Paul’s Filibuster: Get Yer Transcript and Video Here!

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Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 1:08 PM

As you no doubt already know, Kentucky’s junior Senator, Rand Paul, on Wednesday filibustered John O. Brennan’s nomination to be CIA Director for thirteen hours (with help, in part, from his Senate colleagues). He commenced his marathon like so: Madam President, I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the CIA. I . . .
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