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Trump’s Threat to Diversity Visas

 

Shortly after last month’s vehicle attack in Manhattan, President Donald Trump, in a tweet, called on Congress to eliminate the “Diversity Visa Lottery Program,” which has been around for almost 30 years. Trump’s response may not be surprising – it’s only the latest in a long line of nativist, anti-immigrant attacks from the president – but the proposal to terminate the program remains incredibly dangerous.…   continue »

Extreme Vetting by Algorithm

Last week, a group of machine learning and data mining experts wrote to the acting secretary of DHS urging her to reconsider an automated Extreme Vetting Initiative being proposed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Simultaneously, civil society groups (including the Brennan Center where I work) released a letter urging the department to abandon the initiative as discriminatory and a threat to freedom of speech and assembly.…   continue »

Former Prosecutor Renato Mariotti’s Tweet Threads on National Security (Nov. 10-17)

 

Here is an exposition and analysis of some of this week’s national security-related threads authored by Just Security Editorial Board member and former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti.

 

Trump Policy Preference for Rolling Back Russia Sanctions and Mueller’s Investigation

Renato responds in this thread to President Trump’s recent comments describing Russia as “very, very heavily sanctioned” and emphasizing the need for getting back to “healing a world that is shattered and broken.” He notes that Trump’s comments suggest impropriety, given the ongoing investigation and controversy into Trump-Russia ties.…   continue »

Kushner’s Unsatisfactory Senate Document Production

 

The most incendiary part of a stinging letter from Senate Judiciary Committee leaders to Jared Kushner’s counsel, Abbe Lowell, is the committee’s disclosure that “other parties have produced documents concerning a ‘Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite’ which Mr. Kushner also forwarded.”

That sounds like a major piece of evidence in the broader context of Russian election interference and allegations of Trump campaign collusion with Russia.…   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 »

Former Prosecutor Renato Mariotti’s Tweet Threads on National Security (Nov. 3-10)

 

Here is an exposition and presentation of some of this week’s national security-related threads authored by Just Security Editorial Board member and former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti.

Trump Jr. Meeting with Russian Lawyer in June 2016

In the thread below, Renato analyzes whether the June 9, 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr.…   continue »