The National Security Law Podcast: CTRL-F Redaction Fail

By Robert Chesney, Steve Vladeck
Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 8:35 PM

Welcome back to the National Security Law Podcast! This week, Professors Vladeck and Chesney review the following recent developments:

  1. A drone strike against AQIM targets in southwestern Libya: What if anything does this tell us about the Trump administration’s legal and policy positions relating to the geographic and organizational scope of the post-9/11 armed conflict?
  2. The firing of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and nomination of Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson: Questions about the dual-office holding ban and the Vacancies Reform Act.
  3. Attorney General Sessions and the decision not to appoint a second special counsel.
  4. New details regarding the formal scope of the Mueller investigation.
  5. The CLOUD Act: what exactly does it do in relation to (i) efforts by U.S. investigators to compel production of data held by a U.S. company overseas and (ii) efforts by foreign investigators to do the same thing in reverse with respect to U.S. companies operating there but holding data here?
  6. JASTA litigation: an update on the first district court rulings dealing with the impact of JASTA on the suit brought by 9/11-related families vs various Saudi defendants.
  7. Oral argument preview: The D.C. Circuit on Thursday will hear argument in Doe v. Mattis (the U.S.-Saudi dual-citizen held in U.S. military custody in Iraq) regarding the detainee transfer issue.

Oh, and also: A happy review of the revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, which aired Sunday night, and a critical review of the officiating in the NCAA Women’s Final Four!