Blame Ourselves

I dou­bled down on what I wrote for National Memo along with my Nine Points over at State of Play today, explain­ing that we, the peo­ple, who do not vote out Con­gress­men who enable secrecy or the tech com­pa­nies who power it, are to blame. I will be shocked if any con­gress­men or sen­a­tors are […]

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For PBS: Putting the War on Terror under the law

In early Feb­ru­ary, a Depart­ment of Jus­tice Office of Legal Coun­cil White Paper that sum­ma­rized the White House’s legal rea­son­ing for the war on ter­ror­ism leaked to the pub­lic. While the White Paper lim­ited its dis­cus­sion to why the White House can order lethal strikes against Amer­i­can cit­i­zens, it also con­tains some wor­ry­ing hints about how the […]

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PAPER: Oversight for Effectiveness: A Counterterrorism Perspective on the Targeted Killings “White Paper”

I wrote a paper for the National Secu­rity Net­work on what the OLC White Paper means for over­sight and coun­tert­er­ror­ism effec­tive­ness. *** In Feb­ru­ary 2013, a Depart­ment of Jus­tice White Paper was leaked, mak­ing pub­licly avail­able for the first time a sum­mary of two legal memos set­ting out the legal details of the administration’s justification […]

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For PBS: Dim prospects for drone accountability

Last week, John O. Bren­nan, Pres­i­dent Obama’s nom­i­nee for direc­tor of the CIA, faced some tough ques­tions from the Sen­ate Select Com­mit­tee on Intel­li­gence. Arguably one of the most inter­est­ing was posed by Com­mit­tee Chair­woman Sen. Diane Fein­stein (D-CA), who sug­gested dur­ing her open­ing com­ments that it might be time for the drones pro­gram to become declassified. […]

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