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Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

Here is the text of the White House news release: The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 13, 2016 President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts: General Keith Alexander, USA (Ret) […]

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Apple vs. FBI Panel Discussion With Prof. Snyder

Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies (iSchool) hosted a multidisciplinary panel discussion on February 26, 2016, to help shed light on Apple corporation’s resistance to the recent FBI demand to unlock the iPhone of one of the terrorists involved in the San Bernardino California killings in December 2015. Panelists included Kevin Du, Professor at the […]

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Mar 4th, 2016 AppleVsFBI, encryption

Video of Hearing “The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans’ Security and Privacy”

The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee held a hearing on March 1, 2016, entitled “The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans’ Security and Privacy.”  Witnesses included FBI Director James Comey and Apple, Inc., Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mr. Bruce Sewell.  This video covers the entire hearing, five hours and 30 minutes long.  We’ll try […]

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Mar 4th, 2016 AppleVsFBI, encryption

FBI Dir. Comey’s testimony today: “Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans’ Security and Privacy”

STATEMENT OF JAMES B. COMEY DIRECTOR FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION BEFORE THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AT A HEARING ENTITLED “ENCRYPTION TIGHTROPE: BALANCING AMERICANS’ SECURITY AND PRIVACY” PRESENTED MARCH 1, 2016 James B. Comey Director Federal Bureau of Investigation Before the Committee on the Judiciary U.S. House of Representatives At a […]

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Mar 1st, 2016 AppleVsFBI, encryption

Actual Order that Apple Need Not Assist FBI Search iPhone in Brooklyn Drug Case

Here is the actual order in IN RE ORDER REQUIRING APPLE, INC. TO ASSIST IN THE EXECUTION OF A SEARCH WARRANT ISSUED BY THIS COURT. The judge decided this case as a matter of statutory construction and not as a Constitutional matter, stating: “In deciding this motion, I offer no opinion as to whether, in […]

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Feb 29th, 2016 AppleVsFBI

Wrong, Apple. There is no 4th Amendment Issue.

Commentary In its motion filed yesterday, Apple states: “Nor does society tolerate violations of the Fourth Amendment, even though the government could more easily obtain critical evidence if given free rein to conduct warrantless searches and seizures” (p.35, l.11). Yet, nowhere in its motion or supporting Memorandum of Points and Authorities does Apple argue that […]

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Feb 26th, 2016 AppleVsFBI, Commentary

Actual Motion Filed by Apple in AppleVsFBI

Actual pleading filed by Apple in federal court on February 25, 2016, APPLE INC’S MOTION TO VACATE ORDER COMPELLING APPLE INC. TO ASSIST AGENTS IN SEARCH, AND OPPOSITION TO GOVERNMENT’S MOTION TO COMPEL ASSISTANCE. [Editors note:  This blog will attempt to provide readers with access to all of the primary source documents in the current […]

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Feb 26th, 2016 AppleVsFBI, encryption

Apple’s Odd First Amendment Argument

I have been saying that there is no Constitutional issue in the case In The Matter of the Search of an Apple Iphone Seized During the Execution of a Search Warrant on a Black Lexus IS300, California License Plate 35KGD203, the so-called “Apple v. FBI” litigation, because the government has a warrant to search the […]

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Obama Executive Order — Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

Today, 2/9/16, U.S. President Obama issued an executive order creating a commission on enhancing national security.  Note that it resides within the Department of Commerce, not the military or the Department of Homeland Security.  The official text: For Immediate Release February 09, 2016 Executive Order — Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity EXECUTIVE ORDER – – […]

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Executive Order — Establishment of the Federal Privacy Council

Today, 2/9/16, U.S. President Obama issued this executive order: For Immediate Release February 09, 2016 Executive Order — Establishment of the Federal Privacy Council EXECUTIVE ORDER – – – – – – – ESTABLISHMENT OF THE FEDERAL PRIVACY COUNCIL By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the […]

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Feb 9th, 2016 privacy, White House

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Professor William Snyder

Professor William C. Snyderis a member of the faculty of the Institute for National Security and Counter-terrorism at Syracuse University after fifteen years with the United States Department of Justice.

Christopher w. FolkChristopher W. Folk

is a second year student at SU College of Law. Christopher is a non-traditional student, returning to academia after spending nearly twenty years in the high tech industry. Christopher served in the Marine Corps, graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. In Applied Economics and Business Management, attended Northeastern University’s High-Tech MBA Program and received a M.S. In Computer Information Systems. Christopher previously worked in Software Engineering and in addition to being a full-time student, Christopher is currently serving his second term as Town Justice for the Town of Waterloo. Christopher externed with a Cybersecurity firm in the Washington, D.C. area between his first and second year at SU College of Law. Full biography

Ryan D. White

Ryan D. WhiteRyan is currently a second year law student at Syracuse University College of Law, and is also pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Ryan spent time with Homeland Security Investigations while pursuing his undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University, and spent his first summer of law school as clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York. He is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and participates in the Veteran’s Legal Clinic.Full biography

Anna Maria Castillo

is a third year law student at Syracuse College of Law. She is also pursuing a Master of Arts in International Relations at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She has interned at a London-based think-tank that specializes in transnational terrorism and global security and at the legal department of a defense contractor. She currently serves as an executive editor in the Syracuse Law Review. Full biography

Jennifer A. CamilloJennifer A. Camillo

is a third year student at Syracuse College of Law. She has served as a law clerk in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York and the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office and as an extern in the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office. She is a member of the Syracuse National Trial Team and was recently awarded the Tiffany Cup by the New York Bar Association for her trial advocacy achievements.

Tara J. PistoreseTara J. Pistorese

holds Juris Doctor and Masters of Public Administration degrees from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and its College of Law. She has served as a law clerk in the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and as an extern in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. Full biography

Benjamin Zaiser

is both a scholar and a Federal Agent of the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany. (Opinions expressed here are his own and not any part of official duty.) Full biography

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