Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) speaks at a news conference with Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) about proposed reforms to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in the Russell Senate Office Building on January 16, 2018. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

This week, Just Security‘s editorial board members published succinct, analytic Twitter threads on national security topics ranging from Steve Bannon’s House Intelligence testimony, to the Mueller investigation, to how FISA 702 surveillance works and doesn’t work. To make things easier for our readers, we’ve collected and curated the first tweet of select threads by our editors below. Click on each tweet to access the whole thread.

Executive Privilege and Bannon’s House Intelligence Committee Testimony

Editor Renato Mariotti writes on the House Intel Committee’s decision to delay Bannon’s second testimonial hearing until later in this month. And editor Andy Wright examines the potential for the White House to invoke executive privilege even if a witness, such as Bannon, does not — possibly through the use of an injunction. Mariotti also writes about the ethics of Bannon’s lawyer transmitting Hill investigators’ questions to the White House in real time, and Bannon’s deal with the Mueller investigation to be interviewed in front of prosecutors rather than the grand jury.








FISA Section 702 Surveillance, Privacy, and the Mueller Investigation

Editor Asha Rangappa writes about how it would work if the FBI were to try to obtain information about Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos’ conversations with an Australian diplomat through FISA Section 702 surveillance. She also writes about information sharing between the CIA and the FBI, how it changed after 9/11, and how that might implicate 702.

Taking a different view, Editor Julian Sanchez writes about the general privacy implications of FISA Section 702 surveillance’s incidental collection.