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On the Need for Official Attribution of Russia’s DNC Hack

Yesterday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam Schiff—Vice Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, respectively—called on the Obama administration to consider declassifying and releasing any intelligence community assessments on the attribution and motives of the DNC hackers.

I wholeheartedly agree.


Political Campaigns and Cybersecurity Risk

Long before recent reports on the (very probable) Russian intelligence-led hack of the Democratic National Committee and public exposure of internal emails, political campaigns were already faced with cybersecurity threats. This post offers some preliminary thoughts on why political campaigns are at risk, and how that risk compares to the risks faced by the private sector.


A Hard Transparency Choice

Over the weekend, there was a crescendo of reports regarding how Russia may be attempting to influence the US presidential election. Jack provided analysis this morning, including links to several of those reports. The increased attention to the DNC email hack, which, according to multiple reports (from, at least, NPR, the AP, and Buzzfeed within the last couple hours) the FBI has confirmed it is investigating, raises an important question about what information the U.S.

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Public Opinion on National Security: A First Installment

Ben has asked me to keep track of public opinion data related to national security on the benefit of Lawfare readers. There are relatively few polls on national security issues specifically, but questions on matters of concern to this readership show up in more general polls all the time. I’ll try to flag them when they do.

Here are two recent examples:

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DOJ, Trump & the Powers of the American Presidency: A Follow-Up

Last week, Ben published the first in a series of posts analyzing Trump and the Powers of the American Presidency. In that post, he proposed a theory that, despite concerns that a would-be President Trump could potentially abuse his position through the authorities and capabilities of the Intelligence Community, a greater worry should be how he could abuse the authorities and capabilities of the U.S. Department of Justice with its considerable investigative and prosecutorial powers.

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If You Care About National Security, Don’t Vote Trump

I have debated with myself whether or not to post this piece on Lawfare, which maintains a strictly non-partisan editorial policy and whose readership relies on the website for high-level substantive national security law and policy analysis, not political opinion. The Lawfare Institute, which publishes this site, is also a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization that is not allowed to get involved in electoral politics.

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