Over the past week, President Trump has done a great many things that have raised alarm within the national security establishment. He has attacked his attorney general’s recusal from the Russia investigation, approvingly quoted a column describing the “Stormtrooper tactics” of the Mueller investigation, and, most recently, declared his right to pardon himself.
Matthew Weybrecht practices law in Washington, D.C. Prior to law school he served as an officer in 3rd Ranger Battalion, where he deployed three times to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. Matt then worked as a Special Agent at the U.S. Department of State. The views expressed are his own.
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Cybersecurity has not suffered from a lack of scrutiny in the national media. But in recent months—as with all things in 2016—we’ve viewed it almost exclusively through the lens of the presidential election and Russia’s alleged attempt at interfering with our political process. But a spate of important cybercrime cases is unfolding at this moment. Below is a round-up of a few cases worth attention.
Roman Seleznev—“Pizza Restaurant Hacker”
We pick up the February 23 session in the afternoon, with Col. Pohl presiding. (Transcripts from the morning session were not released.) Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, who was absent in the morning session, has joined.
Judge review of unredacted versions of documents (AE 112)
In the social media era, there have been a number of terrorist attacks in America that, at least in part, could be attributed to “self-radicalization.” Self-radicalization refers to the phenomenon wherein individuals radicalize by consuming extremist literature but have few, if any, formal ties to any terrorist organization. Prominent examples of self-radicalization incidents include Fort Hood, the Boston Marathon bombings, and the shootings in Chattanooga and San Bernardino.
In a letter recently released by Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS), the State Department emphasized that the Iran deal – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – is not binding under international law. The letter was in response to Pompeo’s inquiry about why the JCPOA transmitted to Congress lacked signatures. The State Department said, in part:
As memories of 9/11 continue to fade, courts are increasingly becoming bolder and more confident in asserting their oversight role over national security matters. Last week’s Sixth Circuit ruling in Mokdad v. Lynch is the most recent example. There the Court of Appeals determined that district courts have jurisdiction to hear a plaintiff’s challenge to suspected inclusion on the No Fly List.
The New York Post recently reported on a hacker who claimed to have gained access to CIA Director John Brennan’s personal email account. The hacker then bragged to Wired magazine about how he did it.