The National Security Law Podcast: This Podcast Is Not Just a 'Piece of Metal'

By Robert Chesney, Steve Vladeck
Monday, February 24, 2020, 5:20 PM

This week on NSL Podcast, co-hosts Steve Vladeck and Bobby Chesney discuss and debate:

  1. The U.S. government’s formal statement to Congress on the legal rationale for its airstrike against Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani
  2. Trumplandia and law enforcement: the related, but distinct, issues associated with the use of the Pardon Power and the relationship between the president and federal prosecutors
  3. Does 18 U.S.C 1114 apply extraterritorially? A D.C. Circuit panel holds that the federal statute making it a felony to murder a federal officer does not apply overseas.
  4. Judicial clerkships: Not a national security topic, but an important one for law students–and the rest of us–to ponder.

The frivolity this week was supposed to be a review of the three most recent episodes of Picard. But no, Bobby had to go and ruin it by calling a halt to the recording right at the end in order to go attend some “meeting.” Likely story! Alas, no Picard until next week. On the other hand, there’s some spontaneous frivolity at the beginning of the show regarding the Astros scandal. So, you’ve got that going for you, which is nice!