Joshua R. Fattal

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Joshua R. Fattal is clerking for the Hon. Sarah Netburn of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on the In re Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001 multidistrict litigation. Previously, he served as an Attorney Advisor in the Intelligence Law Division of the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he worked on matters pertaining to the sharing, analysis, and retention of national and homeland security information at scale. He received his J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law, which he attended as an ASPIRE Cybersecurity Scholar, and a B.A. in History, magna cum laude, from Columbia University. His posts represent the views of the author alone.

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The Justice Department’s New, Unprecedented Use of the Foreign Agents Registration Act

The U.S. Department of Justice is using a once-obscure law, most commonly used today to require the registration of those who lobby in the United States on behalf of foreign governments, to target foreign-based anonymous disinformation actors on social media.