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The Week That Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

Katherine Pompilio
Sunday, May 22, 2022, 7:38 PM

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Bryce Klehm announced the release of episodes 1 and 2 of Allies, a Lawfare and Goat Rodeo podcast series that traces the U.S.’s efforts to protect Afghan interpreters, translators and other partners:

Katherine Pompilio announced this week’s Lawfare Live at which Benjamin Wittes sat down with Klehm and Lead Producer Max Johnston for a question and answer session on the making of Allies

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Wittes sat down with Klehm to discuss Allies, which covers the history of the Special Immigrant Visa Program in Afghanistan:

Klehm also posted the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction’s interim report on the collapse of Afghan Security Forces. 

Amichai Cohen and Yuval Shany argued that Israeli Supreme Court justices issued a regressive judgment on West Bank deportation. 

Steve Floyd discussed initial power generation trials for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam despite continued objections from Sudan and Egypt.

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which David Priess sat down with Shane Harris to discuss the long U.S. government history with UFOs (now called unidentified aerial phenomena) and the recent move toward more transparency:

Priess also shared an episode of Chatter that featured a conversation between Harris, Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman about the new Showtime series “The Man Who Fell to Earth":

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Priess spoke with Emily Meierding about the myth of oil wars, about the logic behind why they will not happen and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine:

A. Dirk Moses explained that the U.N. Convention on the Punishment and Prevention of Genocide signatories defined genocide narrowly so that lawyers would find it difficult to determine Russia’s—and their own—mode of warfare as genocidal.

Wittes shared an episode of Live from Ukraine that featured a conversation with Bohdana Neborak, a Ukrainian journalist, editor and culture manager:

Wittes shared another episode of Live from Ukraine in which he spoke with Walter Lekh, founder of the Walter Report which has been running a live Twitter Spaces running 24/7 since the beginning of Russia's invastion with military and issue-area experts from all over the world commenting continuously on the situation in Ukraine: 

Wittes shared one more episode of Live from Ukraine that featured a conversation with Melaniya Podolyak, a journalist, prominent Ukrainian volunteer, and a coordinator for the Serhiy Prutyla Charity Foundation:

Catarina Buchatskiy explained the war over Ukraine on Wikipedia. 

Myroslav Laiuk discussed the Crimean Tatar deportation and other genocides committed by Russia in Ukraine.

Robert Chesney and Steve Vladeck shared an episode of the National Security Law Podcast in which they discussed the leak(s) associated with the Supreme Court’s Dobbs case and what a war-crimes analysis might entail as applied to operation Russia’s GRU conducted to shut down Ukraine’s grid during the period after the occupation of Crimea but before the current invasion:

Howell also shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast that featured a conversation between Evelyn Douek, Quinta Jurecic, Alex Abdo and Scott Wilkens about an aggressive new Texas law that seeks to restrict social media platforms from engaging in a great deal of the content moderation that they currently perform:

Raffaela Wakeman discussed commitments made by the United States in the recent Transatlantic Data Privacy Framework.

Herb Lin analyzed President Biden’s policy changes for offensive cyber operations.  

Alvaro Marañon posted an unsealed indictment against Moises Luis Zagalas Gonzalez for his alleged “use and sale of ransomware, as well as his extensive support of, and profit sharing arrangements with, the cybercriminals who use his ransomware programs.”

Marañon also posted the Justice Department’s announcement of a revision to its policy for charging cases under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act that “directs that good-faith security research should not be charged.”

Stewart Baker shared an episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast in which he, Jordan Schneider, Jamil Jaffer and Nate Jones discuss the Biden administration’s potential sanctions on Chinese camera maker Hikvision and a new EU directive aimed at preventing child sex abuse:

Rohini Kurup posted a complaint filed by the Justice Department seeking to compel casino mogul and Republican megadonor Steve Wynn to register as an agent of the Chinese government.

Schneider shared an episode of ChinaTalk which featured a conversation with Erich Schwartzel about the world of Chinese cinema, Chinese movies abroad and China in Hollywood:

Nicol Turner Lee shared an episode of TechTank that featured a conversation with Michael Hansen, Nicholas Zerbino and Kimberly Scott about what is needed to expand computer science education and make sure that all students can participate and succeed in the educational fields and economies of the future:

​​Peter Krause, Daniel Gustafson, Jordan Theriault and Liane Young explained how education decreases the fear of terrorism. 

Kurup and Pompilio posted the Supreme Court’s ruling in Patel v. Garland

William Ford discussed what a congressional counterpart to the Office of Legal Counsel might look like. 

Howell shared an episode of Rational Security in which Jurecic, Alan Rozenshtein, and Scott R. Anderson were joined by Klehm to discuss the recent mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, and the House select committee investigating Jan. 6’s decision to subpoena five House Republicans:

Michael Stern explained what to make of the House select committee to investigate Jan. 6’s subpoenas to five House Republicans. 

Howell also shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast that featured a conversation between Jurecic, Roger Parloff and Jonathan David Shaub about the contempt prosecution of Steve Bannon:

Pompilio posted a complaint filed by a group of Wisconsin voters against twelve individuals who allegedly conspired to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Klehm posted the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General’s report on reprisals against Col. Yevgeny Vindman. 

Kurup posted the superseding indictment of Thomas Barrack, a former adviser to former President Trump, which includes new claims of his alleged efforts to attempt to influence the Trump campaign and administration under the direction of United Arab Emirates officials.

And Hadley Baker shared an episode of Lawfare No Bull in which Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco spoke at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics about the role of the Department of Justice in a time of intense partisan division. She discussed the rule of law, impartiality, institutional reform at the Justice Department and more:

And that was the week that was.

Katherine Pompilio is an associate editor of Lawfare. She holds a B.A. with honors in political science from Skidmore College.

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