Archive for December, 2013

President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies Report–“Liberty and Security in a Changing World”

Last week, we posted a link to the December 12 report by the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, entitled “Liberty and Security in a Changing World.”  The report set out recommendations for the Government with an eye toward striking the proper balance between respecting privacy and civil liberties and protecting national security […]

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District Court Grants Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction Against NSA Surveillance Activities: Part III of III

Earlier this week, I looked at the D.C. District Court’s opinion in Klayman et al., v. Obama et al., in which the Court granted Plaintiffs’ motion, in part, for a preliminary injunction.  Today, that analysis continues with a closer look at the third, and possibly most important part of the Court’s opinion. The Court found that Plaintiffs […]

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District Court Grants Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction Against NSA Surveillance Activities: Part II of III

Yesterday I looked at Plaintiffs’ statutory claims against the Government in Klayman, et al., v. Obama, et al., specifically, the Court’s finding that it lacked jurisdiction to decide those claims.  Today, I am looking at the issue of standing in light of the opinion earlier this year Clapper v. Amnesty International.  As a reminder, tomorrow […]

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District Court Grants Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction Against NSA Surveillance Activities: Part I of III

Earlier this month, Judge Richard J. Leon granted, in part, a motion for preliminary injunction filed by individual subscribers and users of telecommunications against federal government agencies and executive officials. In the case of Klayman, et al., v. Obama, et al., Plaintiffs allege statutory and constitutional violations arising from the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Bulk […]


Germany’s Cyber Security Law and Policy in Historical Perspective

According to the New York Times, German chancellor Angela Merkel put the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance on her personal communications on a level with Eastern Germany’s notorious department of state security, the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit (StaSi). The Guardian reported on Tuesday on Merkel’s plain-spoken “This is like the Stasi” that she confronted President Barack Obama […]

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Dec 20th, 2013 privacy, surveillance

Report and Recommendations of The President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies

Below is the text of the actual report. I am sure that our writers Tara and Benni will have more about this, soon. Please follow and like us:

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Obama Opts to Keep Dual-Hatted Cyber Leadership

The New York Times reported last week that President Obama has decided to keep the National Security Agency (NSA) and Cyber Command under a single commander.  This decision comes amidst a host of concerns over giving a single leader too much authority. With current dual-head General Keith Alexander planning to retire next year, President Obama […]

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The Many Faces of Cyber Proliferation

The proposition of the United Kingdom and like-minded governments to harness the Wassenaar agreement in order to control exports of cyber security software is addressing different groups of products. The way they can be categorized reflects the challenge that proponents of this attempt are facing: the revision of the pre-cyber arms control regime needs to […]

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Talks to Address Cyber Proliferation in Cold War’s Wassenaar Arrangement

According to The Financial Times, western governments are considering the Wassenaar Arrangement as a means to apply the controls currently used for conventional armaments to cyber war technology. By way of background information, the Wassenaar Arrangement, a product of the Cold War in 1996, sought to prevent the export of military equipment and technology that […]


Executive Order 12333: NSA’s Go-To Authority

On Friday, the National Security Agency (NSA) stated that it collects the geolocation of billions of cell phones across the world pursuant to Executive Order (EO) 12333. The Hill cited an NSA spokeswoman, saying “the collection does not violate the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.” Earlier this week, The Washington Post published this latest Snowden revelation, according to […]

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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.

Ryan D. White

Ryan D. WhiteRyan is currently a third 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

Shelby E. Mann

Ryan D. WhiteShelby is a second year law student at the Syracuse University College of Law. She is the 2018-9 Editor in Chief of the Syracuse Law Review, as well as a member of the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and the senior editor for the Syrian Accountability Project. During her final year at the University of Missouri, she served as a full-time news producer for ABC 17 News. Shelby spent her first summer of law school at the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office in Memphis, Tenn., in the Public Corruption and Economic Crimes Unit. Full biography

Christopher w. FolkChristopher W. Folk

is a 2017 graduate of SU College of Law. A non-traditional student, Christopher returned 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. 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

Anna Maria Castillo

Anna Maria Castillois 2016 graduate of Syracuse College of Law. She also holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from 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 served as an executive editor in the Syracuse Law Review. Full biography

Jennifer A. CamilloJennifer A. Camillo

is a 2015 graduate of Syracuse College of Law and is a prosecutor. 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 was a member of the Syracuse National Trial Team and was 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 wrote for this blog when a student. She is now a member of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps.

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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