The Week That Was

The Week That Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

By Vishnu Kannan
Saturday, July 6, 2019, 9:11 AM

Evelyn Douek analyzed Facebook’s progress report on its ongoing civil rights audit.

Joe Whittaker explained that content moderation policies are driving terrorists onto encrypted apps, making the communications less accessible to both new recruits and law enforcement.

Rachel Brown and Preston Lim shared the most recent installation of SinoTech, in which they discuss U.S.-China trade negotiations resuming and the Commerce Department’s adding five Chinese supercomputing companies to the "entity list" of companies that cannot buy American components for national security reasons.

Stewart Baker shared an episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast, in which he interviews Chris Bing, and covers recent news reports focused on Chinese cyber activity:

Jen Patja Howell shared the most recent episode of the Lawfare Podcast titled, “WTF, Hong Kong,” a conversation with Alvin Cheung, Benjamin Wittes and Sophia Yan:

Bobby Chesney and Steve Vladeck shared the most recent episode of the National Security Law Podcast, in which they discuss the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s unredacted opinion in Doe v. Mattis, border wall litigation, the Supreme Court’s decision in the census case and more:

Vishnu Kannan shared the court’s unredacted opinion in Doe v. Mattis.

Quinta Jurecic shared the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s decision not to stay a lower court's preliminary injunction of President Trump's reallocation of funds for his border wall.

Andrew Patterson analyzed a federal court’s ruling that the government must provide bond hearings for some asylum seekers apprehended crossing the border irregularly.

Quinta Jurecic also shared the House Ways and Means Committee’s complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service in order to obtain President Trump's tax returns. Hadley Baker shared appellate briefs from both parties in Trump v. Mazars USA.

Mikhaila Fogel drew lessons for Congress on how to conduct the upcoming hearing with Robert Mueller from a recent dramatization of the Mueller report.

Scott Anderson parsed the State Department’s letter on the use of force against Iran.

Eric Halliday shared an update in his series on transnational organized crime and national security, focused on Hezbollah, hacking and corruption.

Mira Rapp-Hooper and Matthew Waxman summarized their recent Washington Quarterly paper, arguing that the post-World War II expansion of the presidential alliance powers have enabled President Trump to weaken alliances from within.

Margaret Taylor accepted responsibility for not identifying the now-suspended State Department protocol officer’s reported propensity for intimidating colleagues with a whip during the vetting process when she worked for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Jen Patja Howell shared the most recent episode of Rational Security, in which Tamara Coffman Wittes, Shane Harris, Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes discuss the G20, Joseph Mifsud and McKinsey’s reported role in the intelligence community’s reorganization:

She also shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast featuring a conversation between Benjamin Wittes and @CrimeADay (otherwise known as Mike Chase) about the latter's popular twitter feed of the same handle and his new book, "How to Become a Federal Criminal: An Illustrated Handbook for the Aspiring Offender":

And that was the week that was.