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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Fresh Out of NCTC Office, Matthew Olsen Speaks at Harvard Law School

Matthew Olsen, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, stopped by Harvard Law School last week to offer his perspective on the changing nature of the terrorist threat. After giving a brief primer on the origins and goals of ISIL, Olsen tackled thornier questions: what is the United States's strategy for dealing with ISIL and other emerging terrorist organizations---especially vis à vis boots on the ground---and what is its legal basis for action?

Internet Metadata Collection

The Internet Metadata Memo: A Summary

There is much to pore over in last week’s release by the Director National Intelligence. Responding to FOIA litigation, the DNI’s office posted more than thirty legal filings and related documents bearing on NSA’s historical, bulk collection of certain internet metadata---the addressing, routing, and header information in e-mails.

FISA: 702 Collection

Who Is Saying What About the Leahy Surveillance Bill

Below you'll find a compilation of public statements on Senator Patrick Leahy's new and improved USA Freedom Act, which he unveiled yesterday.

Suffice it to say:  the reviews are generally positive, give or take some rather qualified, less committal remarks from the Chairs of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees.


Ned Price, Spokesman for the President’s National Security Council:

Chairman Leahy has done remarkable work reflecting the equities of intelligence professiona

FISA: Reform

Senator Leahy’s NSA Reform Bill: A Quick and Dirty Summary

As Wells reported this morning, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy unveiled his version of the NSA reform bill today. Leahy’s bill is important because, well, it’s not just Leahy’s bill. It’s the bill. It represents a compromise between the intelligence community, the administration more generally, civil liberties groups, industry, and fairly wide range of senators.

Targeted Killing: Litigation

More Machinations in Second Circuit Targeted Killing FOIA Litigation

The release last month of the Al-Aulaqi Office of Legal Counsel memo, it turns out, was not the end of the Second Circuit litigation regarding the New York Times and ACLU’s FOIA requests for information on the government’s targeted killing programs. A petition for rehearing en banc is still pending. And yesterday, the Justice Department, the Pentagon, and the CIA filed a motion for leave to submit ex parte classified and privileged supplemental declarations in support of their petition for rehearing.