The Week That Was

The Week that Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

By Ajay Sarma, Christiana Wayne
Saturday, June 19, 2021, 10:29 AM

Carly Gordenstein and Seamus Hughes detailed the Biden administration’s new strategy to counter domestic terrorism.

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Jonathan Rauch discusses his new book, “The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth”:

Nicol Turner Lee shared an episode of TechTank that covers opportunities and challenges for the tech sector after the announcement of President Biden’s American Jobs Plan:

Devin DeBacker discussed the president’s authority to require reporting on foreign cyberattacks under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast, in which Benjamin Wittes sat down with Gabe Rottman of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, former FBI agent Pete Strzok, Lawfare Senior Editor Quinta Jurecic and Orin Kerr, Berkeley law professor and Lawfare contributing editor, to discuss the prior Justice Department’s seizure of records from journalists, several members of Congress and staffers and even family members:

Rohini Kurup shared the National Security Council’s government-wide strategy for combating domestic terrorism, based on an assessment ordered by President Biden of the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. 

Donald Clarke argued that the Supreme Court of New Zealand’s decision to permit the extradition of a South Korean national wanted on murder charges in China if the Chinese government promises he will receive a fair trial and not be tortured presumes that China will not flout its international commitments.

Tasha Jhangiani and Graham Kennis argued that the Cyberspace Solarium Commission’s 2020 report provides the answer to pressing questions about protecting critical infrastructure. 

Ajay Sarma shared Department of Justice documents and communications released by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform that demonstrate how Trump’s staff pressured the department to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in states which the former president lost. 

Bobby Chesney and Steve Vladeck shared an episode of the National Security Law Podcast in which they discussed recent Supreme Court activity, use of force in Afghanistan after U.S. withdrawal and more:

Jeh Johnson critiqued Sen. Gillibrand’s legislation aimed at reshaping how the U.S. military handles instances of sexual assault.

Hilary Matfess examined the widespread sexual violence in Tigray, a northern region of Ethiopia, after the outbreak of war there. 

Christiana Wayne announced this week’s Lawfare Live, which featured Wittes's conversation on the Biden-Putin meeting with Alexander Vindman, Pritzker Military Fellow at the Lawfare Institute; Fiona Hill, Robert Bosch senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; Toomas Hendrik Ilves, former president of Estonia; Alina Polyakova, president and CEO of the Center for European Policy Analysis:

powered by CrowdcastHowell also shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast featuring the conversation:

She also shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Rep. Seth Moulton and Truman Center fellow Matt Zeller talk about U.S. visas for U.S. partners in Afghanistan as U.S. troops withdraw:

She also shared an episode of Rational Security which covers the Biden-Putin meeting in Geneva, the Trump Justice Department leak investigations and more:

Eric Halliday and Rachael Hanna summarized the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decision in El-Hady v. Kable, in which the court upheld the constitutionality of the FBI’s Terrorism Screening Database. 

Howell shared an episode of the "Arbiters of Truth" series of the Lawfare Podcast in which Evelyn Douek and Quinta Jurecic spoke to Bobby Chesney about Trump administration actions targeting TikTok and what Biden’s latest executive orders have in store for the app:

Rasheed Griffith analyzed the sources of Chinese influence and power in the Carribean. 

And Adam Klein analyzed 19 FISA applications and what they reveal about the functioning of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. 

And that was the week that was.