Paulina Perlin

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Paulina Perlin is a recent graduate from Yale Law School interested in the intersection of human rights, constitutional protections, and national security. While at Yale, she was named a Herbert Hansell Fellow and Knight Law and Media Scholar. She served as a Coker Fellow in constitutional law, co-director of the Lowenstein Project for Human Rights, and as student director of the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic, where she successfully litigated several First Amendment and FOIA actions on behalf of clients such as The New York Times and the ACLU. Paulina graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Mathematics and Political Science from Wellesley College in 2015.

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Executive Order 12333

What Does ‘Collection’ Mean? Discretion and Confusion in the Intelligence Community

Just before John Brennan ended his term as director of the CIA in 2017, his agency issued a new set of guidelines under Executive Order (EO) 12333, the general charter that governs the intelligence community. Entitled “Central Intelligence Agency Intelligence Activities: Procedures Approved by the Attorney General Pursuant to Executive Order 12333,” the guidelines received little attention.

Five Eyes

Newly Disclosed NSA Documents Shed Further Light on Five Eyes Alliance

In July 2017, Privacy International and Yale Law School’s Media Freedom & Information Access Clinic (MFIA) filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the State Department, and the National Archives and Records Administration seeking access to records related to the Five Eyes alliance under the Freedom of Information Act.

Secrecy: FOIA

Newly Disclosed Documents on the Five Eyes Alliance and What They Tell Us about Intelligence-Sharing Agreements

The United States is party to a number of international intelligence sharing arrangements—one of the most prominent being the so-called “Five Eyes” alliance. Born from spying arrangements forged during World War II, the Five Eyes alliance facilitates the sharing of signals intelligence among the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The Five Eyes countries agree to exchange by default all signals intelligence they gather, as well as methods and techniques related to signals intelligence operations.