Jodie Liu

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Jodie C. Liu formerly researched national security issues at the Brookings Institution as a Ford Foundation Law School Fellow and has worked at the Open Society Foundations in Budapest, Hungary. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2015 and summa cum laude from Columbia College in 2012, with honors in economics.

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Terrorism Trials: Civilian Court

Yesterday in U.S. v. Tsarnaev: Prosecution Witnesses

With opening statements made, prosecutors in the capital case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev commenced their presentation of evidence.  An overview of the day’s testimony---which spanned some of the morning and all of the afternoon---follows below.

Morning Session

Taking the witness stand first was Thomas Grilk, Executive Director of the Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the Boston Marathon each year. Prosecutor William Weinreb started his examination slowly, gradually teasing out the mechanics and magnitude of the Boston Marathon.

Terrorism Trials & Investigations

Yesterday in U.S. v. Tsarnaev: Opening Statements

After weeks of protracted and highly contested jury selection, opening statements in the capital case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev got underway yesterday, more than one month later than originally planned. I attended this part of the Boston bomber’s trial---which I summarize below.

The defendant appeared at ease when he entered the courtroom, even cracking a smile or two with one of his attorneys, Miriam Conrad. Judge O’Toole began by ruling on some last minute motions, including the prosecution’s motion to exclude mitigating evidence.

Surveillance: Snowden NSA Controversy

An Overview of the NSA's Declassified Intelligence Oversight Board Reports

As reported last month, the NSA in late December declassified more than ten years of NSA quarterly reports to the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board (IOB). In them, the NSA lists, with varying degrees of detail and redaction, suspected violations of policies intended to ensure that the NSA’s intelligence gathering activities are in conformity with its collection authorities.

FISA

NSA Releases IG Reports on Possibly Illegal Agency Activities

On December 23, the NSA released a set of redacted reports detailing “intelligence activities . . . that [it has] reason to believe may be unlawful or contrary to Executive order or Presidential directive,” reports which had been submitted to the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board (IOB) pursuant to Executive Order 12333.