Politics & National Security

Judges Brett Kavanaugh and John D. Bates on Blogs and Judges in National Security Cases

By Benjamin Wittes
Friday, November 21, 2014, 8:56 AM

At a recent panel on which I spoke at the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security's annual conference, D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh and U.S. District Judge---and former FISA presiding judge---John D. Bates had some interesting comments on the role of blogs in the judiciary's handling of national security cases. The attached audio is a brief excerpt from the discussion, in which Judge Kavanaugh offers both general thoughts on the subject and some very generous comments about Lawfare, with an amusing interjection from Judge Bates ribbing me about our friends over at Just Security.