Robert Chesney

Bobby Chesney is the Charles I. Francis Professor in Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas School of Law. He also serves as the Director of UT-Austin's interdisciplinary research center the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. His scholarship encompasses a wide range of issues relating to national security and the law, including detention, targeting, prosecution, covert action, and the state secrets privilege; most of it is posted here. Along with Ben Wittes and Jack Goldsmith, he is one of the co-founders of the blog.

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Election 2016

State-Sponsored Doxing and Manipulation of the U.S. Election: How Should the U.S. Government Respond?

As Thomas Rid explains in this terrific piece in Esquire, the Russian government has developed a remarkable capacity for blending the fruits of espionage with information operations designed to manipulate public opinion abroad.  It has deployed this capacity in the past in various contexts without generating much discussion in U.S. circles, but recent activities apparently designed to impact the U.S.

Election 2016

Presidential Debate National Security Bingo

Like many of you, I find myself unable to resist watching the debate this evening despite the fact that the last one actually left me felling physically ill. But I'm hoping to lighten the experience a bit this time around, with help from my students. I am teaching "Law of the Intelligence Community" this semester, and during a prior debate we had a good laugh talking about whether the words "702" might be uttered. So, today, we spent an entirely-inappropriate amount of time constructing a full-fledged bingo card for tonight's debate.