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Shooting Down North Korean Missiles: A Legal Last Resort

By   /  November 20, 2017  /  Featured, International Law, International Security, Trending Topics, Use of Force  /  No Comments

By Joseph R. Epstein The 2017 threat assessment from the Director of National Intelligence labeled Russia, China, Iran, and The Democratic People’s Republic of [North] Korea (DPRK) as major threats to national security, citing their ambition to develop and modernize weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and the associated delivery systems. Recent developments have elevated a […]

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Updates Pending: The Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in the Microsoft Ireland Case

By   /  November 13, 2017  /  Featured, Foreign Relations, Fourth Amendment, International Law, National Security Law & Policy, News & Events, Pending Cases, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

By: Jen Goss, November 13, 2017  In October, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in the case of United States v. Microsoft Corp. A Supreme Court decision in this case will provide the government and service providers with an answer to “whether a United States provider of email services must comply with a probable-cause-based warrant issued […]

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Kaspersky, the NSA, and Data Breaches: Bad Security Practices

By   /  November 5, 2017  /  Cybersecurity, Editorial Commentary, Featured, Leaks of Classified Information, National Security Law & Policy, News & Events, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

By Ryan Johnston – November 5, 2017 The NSA is one of the foremost agencies responsible for collecting data in the United States, but it has a big problem holding onto its own. It has recently come to light that in 2015 Russian agents stole highly classified NSA materials from a contractor’s personal computer. In […]

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The TSA’s Power to Screen and Prohibit Certain Electronic Devices on Airlines

By   /  October 29, 2017  /  Counterterrorism, National Security Law, National Security Law & Policy, Public Security, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

By John R. Burns  On October 31, 2015, a Russian A321-200 airliner, operated by Metrojet, was blown out of the sky by an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (“ISIS”) operative.  The operative used a bomb hidden in a soda can to bring down the aircraft.  “Russia said explosives weighing up to 1 kilogram, a […]

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Labeling Las Vegas: An Analysis of Declaring the Tragedy a Terrorist Attack

By   /  October 26, 2017  /  Counterterrorism, National Security Law, National Security Law & Policy, News & Events, Public Security, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

By Samuel Nicosia Tragedy swept the nation like wildfire on October 1, 2017, when Stephen Paddock opened fired on unsuspecting concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on the Las Vegas Strip, resulting in the deaths of 58 Americans and injuring over 500 more. This attack is unparalleled, producing the highest number of victims […]

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