R. Taj Moore

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R. Taj Moore is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and Harvard National Security Journal. He was co-director of the National Security Research Committee at the law school. He has previously interned at the Department of Defense. Before law school, he worked as a Scoville Fellow at the Stimson Center. He graduated from Brown University in 2011 with an A.B. in Political Science.

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So What's in the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act?

On October 8, Governor Jerry Brown of California approved Senate Bill (S.B.) 178, or the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act, designed to designed to strengthen electronic privacy against law enforcement access to data. It’s kind of a whopper, imposing a warrant requirement on the acquisition of metadata at the state level.

Detention & Guantanamo

Guantanamo Detainee Files Supplemental Memorandum on the End of the War in Afghanistan

On June 5, 2015, in connection with recent motions practice, attorneys for habeas petitioner Mukhtar Yahia Naji al Warafi filed a supplemental memorandum with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. In this document, the Guantanamo detainee's lawyers call attention to President Obama's recent statements about the end of the U.S. war in Afghanistan---the idea being to shore up a pending motion to have the court order al Warafi's release.


Key Documents on the Iran Deal

For those who want the key primary source materials on yesterday's Iran nuclear deal, here they are.

The US Government issued a fact sheet on the parameters of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) yesterday, detailing the specific limits on Iran’s nuclear program the deal imposes. Iran will not lose control over all of its centrifuges, but the number in operation will decline by two-thirds, the statement reports.

Surveillance: Snowden NSA Controversy

An Overview of the NSA's Declassified Intelligence Oversight Board Reports

As reported last month, the NSA in late December declassified more than ten years of NSA quarterly reports to the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board (IOB). In them, the NSA lists, with varying degrees of detail and redaction, suspected violations of policies intended to ensure that the NSA’s intelligence gathering activities are in conformity with its collection authorities.

Islamic State

Draft U.N. Security Council Resolution on Foreign Terrorist Fighters

Recently circulated by the United States in New York, in conjunction with the larger campaign against ISIS: a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) draft resolution aiming to reduce the rising threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs)---or, as the resolution defines them, “individuals who travel to a State other than their States of residence or nationality for the purpose of the perpetration, planning, or preparation of, or participation in, terrorist acts or the providing or receiving of terroris

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.