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The Early Edition: November 22, 2017

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.

SYRIA

The Russian President Vladimir Putin held unannounced talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad earlier this week ahead of a summit being held today in the Russian city of Sochi with the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the Turkish President Reçep Tayyip Erdoğan to discuss the post-conflict scenario in Syria.…   continue »

The Int’l Criminal Court’s Case against the United States in Afghanistan: How it happened and what the future holds

What happens when a global criminal court takes on the world’s dominant military power? That was the question earlier this month when the International Criminal Court’s Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda took a decisive step toward direct confrontation with the U.S government.

The Prosecutor’s brief announcement that she would seek permission to launch a formal investigation into the situation in Afghanistan followed a series of annual reports making clear that this investigation will cover not just the Taliban and Afghan security forces, but also U.S.…   continue »

Yemeni Civil Society Leaders Condemn Saudi Blockade

 

Today, leading members of Yemen’s civil society issued a statement condemning the Saudi-led coalition’s closure of all air, land, and sea ports in Yemen. The civil society leaders called the blockade a form of “collective punishment.” The Saudi-led Coalition announced the closures earlier this week, after Houthi forces fired a missile at Riyadh.…   continue »

The USA Liberty Act — aka Don’t Let the Constitutional be the Enemy of the Unconstitutional

The House Judiciary Committee has completed its markup of a major surveillance reform bill intended to better protect Americans’ privacy and enhance transparency. Responding to civil liberties advocates’ concerns that the bill doesn’t go far enough, Reps Ted Poe (R-Tx.) and Zoe  Lofgren (D-Calif.) offered an amendment to require U.S.…   continue »

Modernizing ECPA: We need Congressional action despite DOJ’s new gag order guidelines

On October 24, the Justice Department announced new binding guidance designed to limit the routine use of non-disclosure orders that are used to prevent tech companies from notifying their customers about legal process issued under the Stored Communications Act, like search warrants, that they receive for  information in customer accounts.…   continue »

Highlights of Adam Schiff’s AP Interview: Manafort’s Kremlin Ties, Facebook Stonewalling, More

Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Calif) provided an in-depth interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday. Schiff’s remarks have an added weight this morning. He is the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee—and the presumptive chair of that committee if the 2018 elections flip control of the House to Democrats, a more-likely-than-not prospect after this Tuesday’s election results.…   continue »