The Week That Was

The Week That Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

By Rishabh Bhandari
Saturday, August 6, 2016, 10:00 AM

Nicholas Weaver offered political campaigns a few suggestions for how they can enhance their resilience to a cyberattack.

Elizabeth McElvein flagged the most recent polls indicating which presidential candidate is more trusted in the realm of national security. She also kept track of a broader range of polls that offer insights into what concerns are driving voters’ decision-making.

Benjamin Wittes argued that an enfeebled and irresponsible legislature has helped facilitate the rise of an imperial presidency that he worries a grossly incompetent candidate may inherit.

David Hoffman called for the creation of an Internet Obscurity Center that would shift the burden from private corporations as they must comply with European privacy regulations that enshrine an individual’s “Right to be Forgotten.”

Jennifer Daskal and Andrew Keane Woods endorsed a new legislative proposal from the Department of Justice that would streamline the process by which law enforcement agents can access digital evidence across borders. 

In a new installment of “Beyond the Border,” Stephanie Leutert shone a spotlight on the persistently high homicide rates in Mexico.

Dave Aitel warned lawyers and policymakers that “lawful hacking” proposals are getting ahead of technology.  

Ben filled us in on another cyberattack that hit Lawfare on Tuesday morning.

Mara Revkin explored how the Islamic State uses legal and governing mechanisms to advance its state-building objectives.

Daniel Byman penned an essay detailing the threat the Islamic State still poses to the Middle East. 

Mouhanad Al-Rifay wrote an anguished reflection of his visit to the Auschwitz as a newly minted U.S. citizen from Syria.

Nora Ellingsen highlighted several more Islamic State material support cases including one suspect who worked for the Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority as a cop.

Quinta Jurecic posted the latest episode of the Lawfare Podcast, wherein Ben interviews Brookings senior fellow Shadi Hamid to discuss his newest book on Islam’s unique relationship with democracy.

Helen Klein Murillo and Rishabh Bhandari continued Lawfare’s coverage of the Guantanamo pre-trial hearings.

Ben read the New Yorker’s uninteresting yet lengthy story on Guantanamo Bay to spare you the trouble.

He also refused to let the U.S. government off the hook after the Justice Department sent a tepid non-answer to Senator Barbara Boxer’s request that the DoJ collect and publicize data on sextortion.

Jack Goldsmith offered his quick reactions to President Barack Obama’s decision to seek a new U.N. Security Council resolution calling for the end to nuclear testing.

Ben posted the newest episode of the Rational Security podcast, wherein the gang discusses whether our voting machines could be hacked on election day, U.S. airstrikes against Libya, and the gang’s summer reading lists.

And that was the week that was.