Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

By Vishnu Kannan
Thursday, June 27, 2019, 1:53 PM

Before leaving Washington, D.C., for the G20 summit in Japan, President Trump attacked the U.S.-Japan military alliance, criticized Germany as a security free-rider and blamed India for raising tariffs on American goods, the New York Times reports. Trump is slated to meet leaders from all three countries in the coming days. His attacks on allies come in stark contrast to his silence on the conduct of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday authorized a subpoena for White House counselor Kellyanne Conway following her failing to appear for a scheduled hearing to testify on her alleged violations of the Hatch Act, according to Politico.

In a new report, Europol said that last year Europeans were safer from militant Islamist attacks than at any point since the Islamic State declared a caliphate in 2014, but foiled attacks show that the threat still remains, Reuters writes.

Huawei employees collaborated with members of the Chinese armed forces on research projects, Bloomberg reports. The firm denies partnership or collaboration with the military.

Russia denies Israeli suggestions that it is responsible for the disruption of GPS signals at Tel Aviv’s airport, which have been unreliable since early June, the BBC says. The disruption appears to have been traced to Russian “electronic warfare” systems in Syria.

The EU will conduct war games in response to increased Russian and Chinese cyber meddling, the Guardian reports.

Canada will fund initiatives to counter violent extremist content online, partnering with major tech companies, Reuters says.

Twitter will start flagging tweets from verified political candidates and government officials that break its rules regarding abusive content, a move with possible implications for Trump’s account, notes the Post. Meanwhile, citing threats and encouragement of violence, the social media platform Reddit “quarantined” access to its biggest forum for Trump supporters, according to the Times. Both actions come at a time when Republicans have expressed concern that social media platforms attempt to silence conservative voices online, according to the Post.

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Todd Carney analyzed the European Court of Justice’s ruling in the case of M and Others v. Commissaire Général aux Réfugiés et aux Apatrides.

Geoffrey S. Corn and Rachel E. VanLandingham argued that the recent Human Rights Watch report on Gaza reinforces a troubling distortion of the law.

Vishnu Kannan shared a livestream of the House Committee on Homeland Security’s hearing titled, “Examining Social Media Companies' Efforts to Counter Online Terror Content and Misinformation.”

Jen Patja Howell shared the most recent episode of the Lawfare Podcast, a conversation between Benjamin Wittes and Michael O’Hanlon about the latter’s recent book "The Senkaku Paradox: Risking Great Power War Over Small Stakes."

Howell also shared an episode of Rational Security, “The Bitch is Back” edition, in which Shane Harris, Tamara Coffman Wittes, Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes discussed the Trump administration’s prepared strike against Iran, Robert Mueller’s scheduled testimony to the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees, and the National Security Agency’s accidental collection of American’s communications under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act.

Bobby Chesney and Steve Vladeck shared an episode of the National Security Law Podcast, in which they discussed the D.C. Circuit’s decision in Qassim v. Trump, U.S. Cyber operations against Iran and more.

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