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International Law

The Obama Legal Team and the Lawfulness of Attacking Assad

Prompted by the “dissent memo” signed by 51 career State Department diplomats, several prominent law professors are debating the Obama administration's internal deliberations about the legality of intervention in Syria against Assad. But I don’t think the debate has perfectly reflected what my reporting showed.

Executive Power

Obama's Legacy: Law, Transparency, and the Politics of Anguish

Back in November, The Hill reported that the White House is looking into increasing the transparency of the drone program before President Obama’s imminent departure from office:

The White House wants to reduce the secrecy surrounding lethal drone strikes and other counterterrorism efforts, with an eye on President Obama's legacy when he leaves office in 14 months.

The Lawfare Podcast

The Lawfare Podcast: Charlie Savage on the Power Wars of the Obama Administration

Charlie Savage, New York Times national security reporter and author of the newly released book Power Wars: Inside Obama’s Post-9/11 Presidency, sits down with Lawfare’s Jack Goldsmith for a detailed discussion of the Obama administration’s national security legacy.

National Security Agency

Understanding the Deeper History of FISA and 702: Charlie Savage's Power Wars on Fiber Optic Cables and Transit Authority

NSA surveillance activity sometimes labeled "transit authority" is a very useful case study of the way in which legal and policy questions may be impacted by technological change.

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