This week on NSL Podcast, co-hosts Steve Vladeck and Bobby Chesney review and debate the latest national security legal news, including:
- Russian “bounties” on U.S. forces in Afghanistan, including (theoretical) legal implications
- A district court ruling finding the government lacks sufficient evidence to hold Adham Hassoun under Section 412 of the USA Patriot Act
- The Julian Assange prosecution: new fact allegations that might help distinguish his situation from that of conventional journalists
- An actual bill in the Senate addressing the “going dark”/Crypto Wars 2.0 debate: The Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act
- SCOTUS roundup: Article II and the power to remove; extraterritorial constitutional rights; Congressional access to grand jury material; the Alien Tort Statute, foreign sovereign immunity
And for frivolity? In honor of the Disney+ stream of Hamilton, we consider the song (with a strong assist from Kirk Hamilton’s Strong Songs podcast).