Tara Hofbauer

Tara Hofbauer previously was an intern with Lawfare. She is majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, with a minor in Legal Studies and History.

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The Week That Was

The Week that Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

On Tuesday, the USA Freedom Act passed the Senate, was signed by the President, and became law. However, the enactment came almost two full days after key provisions of the USA Patriot Act had expired---the result, as some here at Lawfare termed it, of “dangerous brinksmanship” on the part of the Senate. On Ben's "Dishonor Roll" for his involvement in the process? Senator Rand Paul (R-KY).

The Week That Was

The Week That Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

On Monday, the United States celebrated Memorial Day. President Obama marked the holiday by giving an address at Arlington Cemetery. He noted that this was “the first Memorial Day in 14 years that the United States is not engaged in a major ground war.” Cody and Ben pointed out, however, that though the President’s rhetoric has affirmed the end of the war in Afghanistan, the Justice Department continues to argue in court that operations there are ongoing.

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Following an American special forces raid on the compound of Islamic State operative Abu Sayyaf, U.S. interrogators, who are part of the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group, have flown to Iraq in order to question Umm Sayyaf, the wife of Abu Sayyaf, who was taken during the operation. Umm Sayyaf was allegedly involved in the workings of the Islamic State and could possibly have played a role in “the enslavement of women in Iraq and Syria.” U.S. interrogators plan to talk to Umm Sayyaf about U.S.