The Week That Was

The Week that Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

By Ajay Sarma, Christiana Wayne
Monday, July 26, 2021, 11:27 AM

Alexandra Stark assessed President Biden’s policy toward Yemen to encourage peace and stability.

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in Benjamin Wittes talked to Scott Anderson about the current U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and past withdrawal from Iraq:

Peter Margulies explained the recent federal court ruling on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Alvaro Marañon shared the Justice Department’s indictment of four Chinese nationals engaged in a global hacking campaign, a joint cybersecurity advisory from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the FBI and the White House’s statement on Chinese cyber aggression.

Bryce Klehm posted Attorney General Merrick Garland’s memorandum providing new guidance “obtaining information, or records of, members of the news media” by the Justice Department.

Scott Anderson shared the Justice Department’s redacted copy of a March 2020 Office of Legal Counsel memorandum providing the legal rationale behind the controversial Jan. 2, 2020, drone strike that killed Major General Qassem Soleimani.

Jordan Schneider shared an episode of ChinaTalk in which he and Chris Miller, assistant professor at Tufts University, discuss their new report, “Labs over Fabs”:

Quinta Jurecic explained the importance of the House of Representatives’s Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Wittes talked to Matt Tait, chief operating officer of Corellium, and Dmitri Alperovitch, founder of the Silverado Policy Accelerator and former chief technology officer of CrowdStrike, about the latest news in cybersecurity:

Stewart Baker shared an episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast which covers President Biden’s response to the Microsoft ransomware attack, the Israel firm that collected private phone numbers and more:

Justin Sherman explained the U.S. policy toward Huawei during the Biden administration.

Christiana Wayne announced this week’s episode of Lawfare Live in which Quinta Jurecic, senior editor at Lawfare, gave a live presentation on the prospects for reform of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act:

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Bob Bauer reviewed Elie Honig’s new book, “Hatchet Man,” about former Attorney General Bill Barr.

Klehm posted the Justice Department’s indictment of Thomas Barrack, a former advisor to the 2016 Trump Campaign, on charges of acting as an agent of a foreign government.

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Elisabeth Kendall, a senior research fellow at Pembroke College of Oxford University, and Alexandra Stark, a senior researcher at New America, talk to Lawfare COO David Priess about signs of hope in Yemen:

Asaf Lubin and João Marinotti discussed the issues in current jurisprudence dealing with cybercrime.

Jordan Schneider shared an episode of ChinaTalk featuring a discussion from Andrew Sosanya of the Day One Project, Adam Marblestone of Schmidt Futures and Orin Hoffman of The Engine:

Dmitri Alperovitch and Ian Ward discussed the Biden administration’s response to Chinese cybercrimes.

Howell shared the final episode of Rational Security:

Howell also shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Jurecic and Evelyn Douek talk to Renee DiResta, the research manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory, and Brendan Nyhan, professor of government at Dartmouth College, about the showdown between Facebook and the White House over vaccine misinformation in this week’s installment of "Arbiters of Truth":

Baker and Klehm discussed the implications of the FBI’s ANOM project that ensnared hundreds of criminals through encrypted cell phones.

Gabriel Band analyzed the challenges of countering online foreign covert influence.

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Steve Vladeck, a Lawfare contributing editor and a professor at the University of Texas, and Latif Nasser, a co-host of the show Radiolab from New York Public Radio, talk about the latest developments out of Guantanamo Bay:

And Libby Lange and Doowan Lee discussed how the Chinese government uses manufactured whistleblowing to subvert the Taiwanese government. 

And that was the week that was.