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Two Quite Important Rulings Today

Coincidentally, they come to us from two different federal judges in the District of Oregon.

The first decision concludes that remedial mechanisms associated with the so-called "No Fly" list violate due process;  the second rejects a defendant's post-conviction effort to have an indictment thrown out---and, among other things, in doing so also rejects a constitutional attack on Section 702 of FISA.

Have a look at the quite significant opinions in Latif v.

Aviation Screening

Turning Off Transponders -- Aviation Security and MH370

In an earlier post regarding MH370, I wondered why it was that transponders on airplanes were still capable of being turned off.  I feel rather justified to realize that I’m not the only one asking the question.  Gregg Easterbrook has an op-ed in The New York Times in which he makes the same point and amplifies it with the point that 5 of the last 10 major air disasters began with the transponder being switched off.

But that, it seems, is not the whole story.  John Villasenor, a Bro

Terrorism Investigations

Thinking about MH370

Fools, they say, rush in where angels fear to tread.  Proving that I am less angelic than foolish (and confident that the blogosphere will quickly forget these musings), I thought I'd offer a few Homeland Security-related thoughts on lessons learned from MH370.   Of course this speculation can be utterly overtaken by events, but even at this point it seems that we can identify both some gaps and some opportunities in the area of aviation security -- factors that will probably outlast whatever ultimately is concluded about this particular flight:

Passenger screening remains a work in

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