Carrie Cordero

Carrie Cordero is Counsel at ZwillGen PLLC. She is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law, where she previously served as Director of National Security Studies. She spent the first part of her career in public service, including as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Senior Associate General Counsel at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence; Attorney Advisor at the Department of Justice, where she practiced before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court; and Special Assistant United States Attorney.

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The Russia Connection

On the Back-Channel That Wasn’t and U.S. National Security Interests

 From a national security as well as public interest perspective, the issue is not so much that the White House wanted to establish a back-channel: it’s who they wanted to establish the channel with (Russia), and how they wanted to the channel to operate (using Russian facilities and secure communications.)

Executive Power

Making National Security Arguments in Court (and Congress), Part II: Some Advice for Secretary Kelly

Given concern whether there are legitimate national security grounds on which to defend the President's executive order on refugees, Secretary Kelly will have to make a tough call about whether to sign his name to the revised EO.

Privacy Paradox

An Easy Win: Replenishing the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB)

With this week’s White House announcement of an intent to nominate additional leadership officials at the Department of Justice, one of whom is current Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) member Rachel Brand, the PCLOB is one step closer to conducting its business with a lone remaining member, Elisebeth Collins. Board members may not serve in separate U.S. government positions.