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The Advocacy of Terrorism on The Internet: Freedom of Speech Issues and the Material Support Statutes

Congressional Report discussing the First Amendment implications of restricting speech that advocates terrorism.

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US Judge suppresses ‘stingray’ evidence

US District Judge William Pauley Suppresses “stingray” cell location evidence (Reuters): Nate Raymond writes in this Reuters article that U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III ruled in a Southern District of New York case, that the use of a stingray to locate a cell phone constituted an unreasonable search under the IV Amendment.  According […]

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The Very Wicked Problem of Search and Seizure in Cyberspace

The Facts In April, the Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure that would give authorities “more leeway to secretly hack into the suspected criminal’s computer,” so The Hacker News in a recent report. According to the draft minutes of the Criminal Rules Meeting, the subcommittee on Rule […]

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Is the Fourth Amendment “Fighting for its Life”?

A couple of weekends ago I attended Western State University Law Review’s National Security Symposium, featuring keynote speaker, Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.  The dean’s speech focused on the Supreme Court’s “failure” to uphold the Constitution and served as an introduction to the afternoon panel on the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance programs.  The […]

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Cyber Round Up: SCOTUS Denies Klayman’s Request; China Concerned About Growing Number of Cyber Warriors; Vanity Fair Exclusive with Snowden

Presiding Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Judge Reggie Walton was misled by Department of Justice officials resulting in an erroneous ruling on March 7 that the government should not be permitted to store phone records longer than five years, U.S. News reports.  Specifically, DOJ officials failed to inform the Court of preservation of evidence orders issued […]

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Symposium Tomorrow: “The Constitutionality and Consequences of America’s Use of Drones and the NSA Spying Program”

Western State University’s Law Review is hosting a symposium tomorrow entitled, “The Constitutionality and Consequences of America’s Use of Drones and the NSA Spying Program.”  Dean at University of California–Irvine School of Law, Erwin Chemerinsky, will be the keynote speaker.  The symposium, moderated in part by Professor Ryan T. Williams, will also feature two distinguished […]

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Cyber Round Up: DOJ Pushes for Increased Hacking Abilities; Google Appeals Turkish YouTube Blackout; Microsoft Ends “Snooping” Practices

The DOJ is advocating for less stringent standards to obtain warrants to hack the computers of criminal suspects, the Wall Street Journal Blog reports.  “The Justice Department effort is raising questions among some technology advocates, who say the government should focus on fixing the holes in computer software that allow such hacking rather than exploiting them.”  […]

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DC Judge Denies Government’s Request to Seize Email Account

Today, Magistrate Judge John Facciola for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia denied the government’s request for a warrant to seize an entire email account, search it, and disclose certain emails and contents of communications discovered therein.  This was the government’s third application for a warrant in connection with this email […]

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CRS: “Overview of Constitutional Challenges to NSA Collection Activities and Recent Developments”

On the first of the month, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) published “Overview of Constitutional Challenges to NSA Collection Activities and Recent Developments.”  The report reviews the two main NSA programs that have come under public scrutiny since the Snowden leaks–the bulk metadata collection program and the interception of Internet-based foreign communications–and, as the title […]

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Bruce Fein on “Snowden the Patriot” and Fourth Amendment Erosion

While at UCLA Law School recently, former Reagan administrator and part of the muscle behind a class-action lawsuit to declare National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs unconstitutional, Bruce Fein, was asked to comment on one of the hottest questions of the day–Is Edward Snowden a patriot or a traitor?  As the Atlantic reports, Fein’s response […]

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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

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