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Backdoors: National Security versus the Fourth Amendment

By   /  March 3, 2016  /  Counterterrorism, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Law & Policy, Fourth Amendment, National Security Law, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

As citizens of the United States, we rely on our nation’s foundation of rights as defined by the Constitution. These fundamental rights are guaranteed us, and these rights are protected and enforced by our Government – but what happens when it is the Government that is testing the boundaries of one of those rights, namely, […]

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Congress Should Consider NATO to Fill Gaps in European Security

By   /  March 3, 2016  /  International Law, National Security Law  /  No Comments

The House Homeland Security Committee Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel released its final report in September 2015 raising 32 key findings and over 50 commendations for countering terrorist travel.[1] The report states that we are seeing the largest migration of jihadists in history. Over 4,500 Westerners are among the fighters are […]

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Human Rights Derogation in France in Response to Terrorism

By   /  March 3, 2016  /  International Law  /  No Comments

The Paris terrorist attacks that took place on November 13, 2015, prompted the French government to declare and subsequently extend a state of emergency that allowed French authorities to derogate from both French and international law regimes that grant certain human rights.[1]  Specifically, the derogation expanded the government’s authority to impose house arrests at a […]

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The White House’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan and What it Could Mean to the States

By   /  March 3, 2016  /  Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Law & Policy, International Law, International Security, National Security Law  /  No Comments

President Obama recently released the White House’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) last Tuesday.[1] After a hacker released a statement last Monday that he is planning to dump thousands of FBI and DHS employee details[2], the release of the CNAP comes none too soon. The President’s plan outlines the formation of a new commission, a […]

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When Free Speech Becomes Material Support: § 2339 and the Private Sector’s Role in Combatting Terrorist Social Media Propaganda

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It is well documented that ISIS and other terrorist organizations have made great use of social media platforms to advance their propaganda and to recruit. In response, the United States government has increased its pressure on the private sector to take a more active stance in flagging and removing terrorism-related content. [1] However, the response […]

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