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News Roundup and Notes: August 28, 2015

Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.

IRAQ and SYRIA

An Islamic State suicide bomber killed two Iraqi army generals yesterday as they headed up forces against militant positions in the country’s restive Anbar province, outside of Ramadi, military officials said.…   continue »

News Roundup and Notes: August 26, 2015

Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.

IRAQ and SYRIA

Kurdish peshmerga forces launched a fresh offensive against the Islamic State group in Iraq’s northern Kirkuk province today; the front line between the two sides has hardly moved in recent months.…   continue »

The Declining Half-Life of Secrets

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Image credit: US Government via Wikimedia Commons

The following post is a preview of a new paper from New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative, where the author is a fellow.

The nature of secrets is changing. The “half-life of secrets” is declining sharply for many intelligence activities as secrets that in the past may have been kept successfully for 25 years or more, are now exposed well before.…   continue »

The APA Scandal

This post is the latest installment of our “Monday Reflections” feature, in which a different Just Security editor examines the big stories from the previous week or looks ahead to key developments on the horizon.

[CORRECTION: in an earlier version, I misspelled Steve Reisner’s name.]

Last Friday, James Risen published an article describing an independent investigation of the American Psychological Association (APA) by a team of lawyers at Sidley Austin, headed by former prosecutor David Hoffman.…   continue »

It’s Time to End the “Debate” on Encryption Backdoors

Yesterday, on Lawfare, FBI Director James Comey laid out his concern that the growing adoption of strong encryption technologies will frustrate law enforcement’s ability to conduct investigations — what he calls the “Going Dark” problem. The gist of Comey’s position is this: He recognizes encryption is important to security and privacy, but believes we are fast approaching an age of “universal encryption” that is in tension with the government’s investigative needs.…   continue »