The Week That Was

The Week That Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

By Rishabh Bhandari
Saturday, August 20, 2016, 10:04 AM

Paul Rosenzweig highlighted another round of alleged Russian hacks into Democratic Party affiliates and warned that the drip will continue absent a robust response by the United States.

Carrie Cordero pointed us to an oped she wrote urging lawmakers to act swiftly and secure our electoral system from possible cyberattacks. 

Nicholas Weaver studied the code behind “Sauron,” a recently unveiled malware attacker, to tell us what we can learn about the NSA, Sauron’s alleged author. He also flagged another apparent Russian hack of NSA code that is being auctioned on the Internet.

Dave Aitel and Matt Tait documented the numerous flaws in the Vulnerable Equities Program and proffered a few reforms.

Matthew Weybrecht identified a number of major cybercrime cases that are unfolding across the judicial landscape.

Phil Walters offered a series of proposals for how the United States should respond to adversaries that pursue asymmetric warfare.

Ariane Tabatabai and Dina Esfandiary urged U.S. policymakers to welcome Iran into the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State.

Laura Dean shone a spotlight on the dire conditions in a refugee camp in Calais, France.

Nora Ellingsen kept us in the loop regarding new domestic terrorism cases in New York and Mississippi.

Robert Chesney teased out the implications of Trump’s pledge that the Department of Justice and the FBI will be more aggressive in prosecuting anyone who lends material support to terrorists.

Benjamin Wittes parsed Donald Trump’s major foreign policy address to reveal the terrifying original content that distinguishes his policy platform.

He also concluded that the argument to keep Guantanamo Bay as a detention facility looks increasingly silly after the Pentagon announced 15 more detainees were transferred this week to the United Arab Emirates.

Corri Zoli offered proposals for how we can move beyond the simplistic “lone wolf” label and better understand contemporary terror attacks.

Benjamin Wittes encouraged readers to listen to an Invisibilia podcast that documents how Danish authorities deal with young men who are susceptible to Muslim extremism.

Shannon Mercer explained in a new feature on the mechanics of Brexit, why Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May is delaying her country’s departure from the European Union.

Quinta Jurecic posted the latest episode of the Lawfare Podcast, wherein Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Walter Pincus talked with Benjamin Wittes about how the media should balance a healthy skepticism of the government with an appreciation for legitimate national security concerns.

And that was the week that was.