The National Security Law Podcast: Bran, Bron, What’s the Difference?

Robert Chesney, Steve Vladeck
Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 11:29 AM

And we’re back! Tune in as we discuss and debate the latest national security legal news, including:

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And we’re back! Tune in as we discuss and debate the latest national security legal news, including:

  • The legal framework for Congressional subpoenas (and the problems that arise when the Executive Branch is not inclined to support prosecutions to enforce criminal contempt);
  • The policy and legal issues raised by an Israeli airstrike on a Hamas facility associated with cyber operations, which occurred in the midst of a massive exchange of rockets, missile, mortars, and more;
  • A conviction in a material-support-to-IS case in which the support consisted of online recruiting, which raises interesting questions from a First Amendment perspective;
  • An arrest in a bizarre case in which a contractor engaged in translating wiretaps of a terrorism suspect tried to hide the fact that the suspect was recorded calling, well, the translator; and
  • A guilty plea for a former CIA officer who was recruited by Chinese intelligence through financial inducements.

Ah, but all that is just the appetizer. Game of Thrones Episode 4 ran on Sunday night, and these guys are not happy about how it went …

Robert (Bobby) Chesney is the Dean of the University of Texas School of Law, where he also holds the James A. Baker III Chair in the Rule of Law and World Affairs at UT. He is known internationally for his scholarship relating both to cybersecurity and national security. He is a co-founder of Lawfare, the nation’s leading online source for analysis of national security legal issues, and he co-hosts the popular show The National Security Law Podcast.
Steve Vladeck is a professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law. A 2004 graduate of Yale Law School, Steve clerked for Judge Marsha Berzon on the Ninth Circuit and Judge Rosemary Barkett on the Eleventh Circuit. In addition to serving as a senior editor of the Journal of National Security Law & Policy, Steve is also the co-editor of Aspen Publishers’ leading National Security Law and Counterterrorism Law casebooks.

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