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A Few Thoughts on Yesterday’s AUMF Hearing

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Jack aptly stated earlier today many of my thoughts on yesterday’s hearing on an Islamic State AUMF—at which Secretary of State John Kerry testified. In particular, he highlighted the broad authorization the administration is seeking—one with few of the sort of accountability mechanisms Jack, Matt, Bobby and I have suggested. And he highlighted as well the . . .
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Senator Menendez’s Draft ISIL AUMF

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Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Last Thursday, Bloomberg View’s Josh Rogin had a piece on a draft ISIL authorization put forth by Senator Bob Menendez, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Based on Rogin’s report, it seems Menendez’s legislation was offered as an alternative to a bill authored by Senator Rand Paul. But as Rogin notes, of the pair, . . .
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Analysis of Senator Paul’s Proposed Declaration of War (and Authorization of Force) Against the Islamic State

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Monday, November 24, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Senator Paul has proposed a declaration of war and authorization of force against the Islamic State.  A few reflections, drawn in part from an article I wrote a decade ago with Curtis Bradley: 1.     The United States has declared war in five armed conflicts in American history: The War of 1812, the Mexican-American . . .
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Rand Paul Announces Filibuster of David Barron

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Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 6:25 PM

How very unpleasant: Rand Paul announces, only semi-coherently, that he is filibustering David Barron’s First Circuit nomination. The statement reads: “I’ve read David Barron’s memos concerning the legal justification for killing an American citizen overseas without a trial or legal representation, and I am not satisfied. While the President forbids me from discussing what is in . . .
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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 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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