The National Security Law Podcast: Wait, We Have to Talk About GATT?

By Robert Chesney, Steve Vladeck
Monday, March 5, 2018, 9:49 AM

It’s not every week on this show that we get to talk about the  and the ! And if that’s not an appealing hook to get you to listen, we don’t know what is.

Let’s try that again. On this week’s show, we cover a mix of new and old topics:

  • President Trump’s invocation of national security to justify new tariffs on steel imports: Is it plausible from a legal perspective?
  • The war(s) in Yemen, a proposed joint resolution to limit America’s military roles there, and a statement from DOD’s GC providing a snapshot of views regarding the legal issues raised by those roles (including a gesture towards a Commander-in-Chief override argument should such a resolution somehow become law).
  • Checking in with our crisis-ridden military commission system: Nashiri’s last remaining attorney argues that the CMCR lacks jurisdiction to hear an interlocutory appeal from Judge Spath’s abatement decision.
  • FISA, the FISCOR, and SCOTUS (we love acronyms!): Join us for some fed courts nerdistry on the surprisingly-limited pathways for a FISCOR ruling to make it to SCOTUS (prompted by the pending ACLU/MFIA litigation seeking increased transparency for FISC opinions).
  • Did HSPCI staff leak a Senator’s text messages? We check in on the growing tensions between SSCI and HPSCI.
  • Last (well, last for serious stuff), we take the occasion of the recent Hope Hicks testimony to remind listeners how executive privilege invocations in Congress are supposed to work.

Actually last, frivolity is back, albeit briefly (what an odd sentence). Your mission, should you choose to accept it: What are the greatest TV dramas of all time? Mini-series excluded, but doesn’t have to be broadcast network TV. Listen to the end to see if you agree with our take! And, finally: Please spread the word about the podcast!