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Saudi Arabia’s Stranglehold on Yemen Has Already Condemned Thousands to Die in the Coming Weeks


What happens when the world’s largest humanitarian crisis takes a dramatic turn for the worse?  A catastrophe of astonishing proportions is unfolding before our eyes as Yemen’s Houthi-controlled territory is sealed off and suffocated. Today, the international community is faced with yet another test of its collective will to prevent mass atrocities from taking place.  continue »

Episode 46 of the National Security Law Podcast: The $15 Million Dollar Man


In this week’s episode, your devoted hosts dig into a bonanza of national security law odds-and-ends.

First up is an en banc decision by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review involving the standing of the ACLU and the Yale Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic to litigate a claimed First Amendment right of public access in relation to FISC opinions.…   continue »

Russian Money and Trump’s Legal Defense

Piece by piece, we continue to learn about Russia’s assault on the 2016 election: cyberattacks on voting systems in 39 states; troll farms that pushed divisive political messages to millions of viewers on social media; and likely involvement in the leaking of information to influence the outcome of the election, potentially including the information shared directly with Donald Trump Jr.…   continue »

How the Trump Administration Deals With Detainees Can Provide Insight Into its Counterterrorism Priorities

U.S. Army Military Police escort a detainee to his cell Jan. 11, 2002 in Camp X-Ray at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

What is the US going to do with the “enemy combatants” it picks up during counterterrorism operations?  How will we strike the difficult balance between protecting national security and the rights of individuals?…   continue »

Implications of Trump’s New Drone Policy for Countries Assisting the U.S.


At the end of October, the New York Times reported two government officials as saying that the Trump administration had adopted its anticipated new approach to the deployment of armed drones. The Principles, Standards, and Procedures (PSP) document is said to replace the Obama Administration’s 2013 Presidential Policy Guidance (PPG).…   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 »