Wells Bennett

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Wells C. Bennett was Managing Editor of Lawfare and a Fellow in National Security Law at the Brookings Institution. Before coming to Brookings, he was an Associate at Arnold & Porter LLP.

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USG Folks: Support Lawfare Through the 2015 Combined Federal Campaign!

A little announcement from HQ, for interested readers inside the federal government: You can now support Lawfare, by means of the 2015 Combined Federal Campaign. The CFC is, in short, the United States' in-house donations effort for participating charities and non-profits; or, as the CFC's literature puts it, "the largest and most successful workplace fundraising campaign in the world."


The USG's En Banc Petition in United States v. Graham

Likely you've heard: The United States last week petitioned for the full Fourth Circuit to rehear United States v. Graham and Jordan. Earlier in the closely-watched case, a panel of the Fourth Circuit had concluded that provisions of the Stored Communications Act unconstitutionally authorized compelled production of cell site location data from communications companies.

War Powers

More on Expansive Theories of Executive War Power

I certainly do not have the answer to the question, put yesterday by Senator Tim Kaine to Centcom Commander General Austin and Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Christine Wormuth, as to how Article II of the Constitution would permit the President to order the U.S. military to defend Syrian rebels against Bashar Al Assad’s forces. The legal argument is not obvious.