Reviewing the Reviewers: The President's Review Group report continues to inspire debate. Carrie Cordero gave a thoughtful three-part analysis of the Report: Part I looked at the Review Group's process and asked if it was adequately thorough; Part II discussed the theme of intelligence reform that the Report seemed to embrace; and
Continuing coverage of the President's Review Group Report: Ben posted a detailed two-part (so far) analysis in which he separates "the good from the bad, and both from the unimportant" in the Review Group's recommendations. Michael Leiter wrote in to help us digest the "concrete effects" of the report, not just the sound bytes. Raffaela posted a
Who's Ringo? This week District Court Judge Richard Leon’s strong rebuke of bulk telephony metadata collection in Klayman v. Obama stole the headlines---from dismissing Smith v. Maryland as excessively antiquated to using a Beatles analogy (that, ironically, is even older than Smith), the opinion has triggered dramatic responses from all corners.
Let's start with Guantanamo: This year's NDAA has taken its final form, and Raffaela posted an initial summary of the provisions germane to detention. Ben linked us to the full text of the bill once it came online and then explained why we should view the Guantanamo provisions as a "big win for the Obama administration—and for common sense." Matt W.
In what the New York Times is calling a “major step towards transparency,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel publicly acknowledged the presence of U.S. forces at the Combined Air and Space Operations Center at Al Udeid air base in Qatar. The base is the main location for tasking and operating the U.S.
NOCON//REL TO ALL: Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper declassified a trove of documents pertaining to pen register/trap-and-trace (PR/TT) collection pursuant to section 401 of FISA and business record (BR) collection pursuant to section 501 (as amended by section 215 of the PATRIOT Act). Included are 20 FISC orders and opinions, 11 documents submitted to the Court, 24 documents addressed to Congress, and 20 internal NSA reports and training slides.