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Cyber “Emergency” Order Nets No Culprits, Reports FAS

“In April 2015, President Obama issued Executive Order 13694 declaring a national emergency to deal with the threat of hostile cyber activity against the United States. But six months later, the emergency powers that he invoked to punish offenders had still not been used because no qualifying targets were identified, according to a newly released […]

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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”


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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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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. 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. She is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and the senior editor for the Syrian Accountability Project. 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