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Unpacking the Legal Issues Behind the Headlines

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Episode 103: This Podcast Should Be Dis-BARRed
1:17:46
Interested in the views of Once and Future Attorney General Bill Barr on questions like the power of the president to initiate a war, remove officials, and other hot separation of powers topics?  We read...
Dec 11, 2018
Episode 102: This Podcast Is Bowl-Eligible
1:00:44
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Or at least it’s the most wonderful time of the week, for we’ve just posted the latest episode of National Security Law Podcast!  Tune in for: Military...
Dec 05, 2018
Episode 101: “To me, [this podcast] is perfect”
1:08:46
And we’re back, full of turkey and much else besides!  We hope you all had a restful and grateful Thanksgiving (or, for our non-American listeners, that you had a wonderful ordinary work week), and are...
Nov 27, 2018
Episode 100! Trumplandia: If I Did It…
1:19:35
It finally happened: a live episode, on the occasion of our 100th episode! Today we recorded at American University Washington College of Law thanks to the good offices of our friend–and co-host this week–Prof. Jen...
Nov 14, 2018
Episode 99: The Deepest Dive: Surveillance, Section 702, and Section 215
1:22:25
This week we’ve got the concluding episode in our trilogy of deep dives exploring the history and evolution of our foreign-intelligence collection legal architecture (see here and here for the two earlier episodes).  Our focus...
Nov 06, 2018
Episode 98: That’s What Leadership Looks Like
1:14:11
In today’s episode we take a break from our deep-dive series on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in order to reengage with the weekly inflow of national security law news.  We had no choice, really,...
Oct 30, 2018
Episode 97: FISA Part Deux (A Deeper Dive)
1:08:57
Aaaaand we’re back!  Yesterday we posted the first in a series of Deep Dive episodes on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, covering the origins and early-evolution of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.  Today, we pick...
Oct 26, 2018
Episode 96: A Deep Dive into…the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
58:35
Welcome to part 1 of a 2-part deep-dive series concerning FISA!  In this episode, Professors Chesney and Vladeck begin with the history and context leading up to the creation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act...
Oct 25, 2018
Episode 95: Not Everybody Be DPH’ing!
1:02:25
Welcome to the latest episode of the National Security Law Podcast!  We’re back with our usual mix of discussion and debate about the most-interesting legal developments relating to national security over the past week. And...
Oct 16, 2018
Episode 94: The Enemy of My Friend Is My Enemy
1:01:21
It’s a late-night, mid-week episode of the National Security Law Podcast! We’ve got: Senator Kaine’s letter to DOD raising questions about the theory of collective self-defense as applied in the domestic law context, in relation to the...
Oct 11, 2018
Episode 93: Is This a Buddy Podcast?
54:35
Spotted: A rare episode of the National Security Law Podcast clocking in at under one hour!  And yet there was much to discuss, including: T-Shirts!!!! At long last, the much-anticipated NSL Podcast t-shirts are for sale.  All...
Oct 02, 2018
Episode 92: Have Fun Storming the Castle!
1:15:53
And we’re back!  Tonight’s episode features: SCOTUS preview: though many have missed it, SCOTUS is in fact back in session very soon, and we have a preview of security-related petitions and some early grants as...
Sep 26, 2018
Episode 91: A Deep Dive Into the History of Military Commissions
1:28:06
There’s no shortage of news this week, but comparatively little of it is national security law news, and so we are back with a fresh deep dive episode.  For better or worse, it’s our longest...
Sep 18, 2018
Episode 90: What’d I Miss?
1:12:43
Well, would you look at that: your hosts are back in town at the same time at last, and they’ve got a fresh episode covering some of the major national security legal developments of the...
Sep 13, 2018
Episode 89: A Deep Dive into the Steel Seizure Case (Youngstown Sheet & Tube v. Sawyer)
1:13:08
And we are back…with a second-consecutive deep-dive episode.  This week, Professors Chesney and Vladeck explore the iconic 1952 decision of the Supreme Court in Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer, better known as the “Steel...
Sep 04, 2018
Episode 88: A Deep Dive into the Anwar al-Awlaki Case(s)
1:11:43
We are back this week with a new “deep dive” episode, this time focused on the issues raised by the U.S. government’s use of lethal force against Anwar al-Awlaki–a U.S. citizen who became a key...
Aug 28, 2018
Episode 87: The D.C. Circuit Ain’t Inquorate
1:07:04
And we’re back, with much to discuss in the wacky world of national security law.  Join Professors Steve Vladeck and Bobby Chesney as they wrestle with: A *huge* ruling by Judge Pohl in the Military...
Aug 21, 2018
Episode 86: This Episode Was Not Recorded in the Situation Room!
1:08:22
We are back with review and analysis of the latest national security law developments, hot on the heels of last week’s deep-dive episode.  We’ll have another deep dive soon, but for now it’s back to...
Aug 14, 2018
Episode 85: Party Like It’s June 28, 2004!
1:14:24
It had to happen sooner or later: an actual slow week for national security law!  Ugh!  Well, time to make lemonade from the lemons.  A slow week in NSL news means that we can take...
Aug 07, 2018
Episode 84: Happily, We Found Someone Who Knows What They’re Talking About!
1:22:23
We are very excited to have a special guest this week: the one and only Amy Jeffress!   Join us as Amy, Steve, and Bobby discuss: The cyber provisions in the just-passed NDAA Doe v. Mattis...
Aug 01, 2018
Episode 83: [Steve] Is the Kiss of Death
1:11:40
Welcome to the latest National Security Law Podcast episode.  Though Steve and Bobby both have been moonlighting (here is Steve on the Lawfare Podcast and here’s Bobby on the Cyber Law Podcast), there’s no place like...
Jul 25, 2018
Episode 82: Helsinki…Sweden!
1:17:01
Another busy week for the National Security Law Podcast!  Buckle up for: “The Press Conference” and its aftermath – Your co-hosts agree that it was a fiasco, but they disagree sharply on whether administration officials...
Jul 17, 2018
Episode 81: The Road to 10,000
1:12:36
We’re back after a one-week layoff!  No SCOTUS announcement yet, alas, but we do have this to offer: Doe v. Mattis and the upcoming hearing on the government’s plan to release Doe in Syria The...
Jul 09, 2018
Ep.80: SCOTUS-palooza
1:20:55
Hot on the heels of the Kennedy retirement announcement, we’ve got our special Supreme Court finale episode!  This is the show for you if you would enjoy detailed and amicable debate and discussion concerning: the...
Jun 27, 2018
Episode 79: It’s a Girl!
1:19:34
Before getting into the run of this week’s show: Congratulations to Steve and Karen on the birth of their daughter!!! Meanwhile, in the wild wacky world of national security law, what a week it was. ...
Jun 20, 2018
Episode 78: Live from Singapore, Malaysia (?!?)
1:16:05
Ok, Steve and Bobby are not actually in Singapore (we sent Dennis Rodman instead). As usual, they’re up on the 6th floor at Texas Law, bringing you the following this week: Doe v. Mattis –...
Jun 12, 2018
Episode 77: Pardon Me?
1:17:13
Hello friends, and welcome back to the latest episode!  Last week was a bit quiet, but things are heating up.  This week we review and debate: War Powers:  This week saw the release of the...
Jun 05, 2018
Episode 76: The Valley of Ignorance
57:46
This week on the show: Another big win for FBI & DOJ in a terrorism prosecution, as a Maryland man gets 35 years for going to Somalia and becoming an unprivileged participant in hostilities for...
May 30, 2018
Episode 75: I Hereby Demand, & Tomorrow Will Officially Order, That You Listen to This Podcast
1:10:08
Never a slow week in this business… This week we’ve got breakdowns and debates over some familiar topics: Military Commissions: The convoluted proceedings in the al-Nashiri prosecution became a bit less tangled this week, as...
May 22, 2018
Episode 74: We’re Spending It On Barbecue!
1:11:07
Spring classes may be over, but national security legal news hasn’t slowed down one bit.  This week, Professors Chesney and Vladeck wrestle with the following: The D.C. Circuit ruling in Doe v. Mattis (forbidding the...
May 15, 2018
Episode 73: The Penumbras of the Category
1:13:25
Welcome back to the National Security Law Podcast!  This week, Professors Vladeck and Chesney discuss and debate the following: Doe v. Mattis: The D.C. Circuit has affirmed the injunction barring the government from turning John...
May 08, 2018
Episode 72: This Podcast Was Recorded Before, On, or After 9/11
1:09:19
No shortage of topics this week. Join us as Professors Chesney and Vladeck debate and discuss: United States v. al-Hawsawi, in which Judge Pohl rules that a military commission prosecution can proceed against an accused...
May 01, 2018
Episode 71: Everyone Knows It Is Saudi Arabia!!!
1:13:15
We have much to discuss in the world of national security and law this week, including but not limited to the worst-kept secret in the world. And we have some grade-A frivolity if you are...
Apr 24, 2018
(Bonus Episode) Ep.70: The Corker-Kaine AUMF
54:43
Well, we’re back, 24 hours after dropping Episode 69. Why? 2018, that’s why! Seriously, lot’s to discuss: A deep-dive into the draft 2018 AUMF from Senators Corker and Kaine.  Tune in for a VERY detailed...
Apr 17, 2018
Episode 69: Friday Was Quite a Month
1:10:42
In light of the amazing developments last Friday, we decided to move the show up to today.  Tune in for discussion of five things that happened just that one day: A deep dive on the...
Apr 16, 2018
Episode 68: This Podcast Is Not Protected by the Attorney-Client Privilege
1:10:42
Welcome to episode 68!  On tap for this week: Tom Bossert is out, and Michael Cohen is in trouble.  We’ll talk mostly about the latter, with an emphasis on the way that attorney-client privilege law...
Apr 10, 2018
Episode 67: CTRL-F Redaction Fail
1:07:37
Welcome back to the National Security Law Podcast!  This week, Professors Vladeck and Chesney review the following recent developments: A drone strike against AQIM targets in southwestern Libya: What if anything does this tell us...
Apr 03, 2018
Episode 66: Can You DIG It?
1:04:28
Welcome back for another episode of the National Security Law Podcast, with Professors Steve Vladeck and Bobby Chesney.  It has been another not-at-all slow week.  On tap for today: The CLOUD Act: It’s now the...
Mar 27, 2018
Episode 65: Caging a Tiger
1:03:54
With apologies for short shownotes, here are the headlines for this week’s NSL Podcast: The McCabe firing The prospect of legislation permitting judicial review of any decision to fire Mueller An update of the declaration...
Mar 21, 2018
Episode 64: Beware the Ides of CFIUS!
1:04:26
So there you are on the beach for spring break, drink in hand and headphones on.  Time for some…National Security Law Podcast!  We’re back with a special midweek episode because, well, we’ll never keep up...
Mar 15, 2018
Episode 63: Mueller Is the Only Vulcan in the Room
1:00:35
Out on spring break but still listening to the podcast?  We love it!  Actually, your hosts Professors Chesney and Vladeck are out on spring break too, but before they left town they sat down to...
Mar 12, 2018
Episode 62: Wait–We Have to Talk About GATT?!?
57:20
It’s not every week on this show that we get to talk about the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade!  And if that’s not an appealing hook to get...
Mar 05, 2018
Episode 61: Judge Pohl Says: “Hold My Beer”
1:08:03
No shortage of topics this week, but then again there was no shortage last week, or before that, or…ever.  So, what’s on tap?  Tune in to hear Professors Chesney and Vladeck explore: A host of...
Feb 27, 2018
Episode 60: TL;DL – This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things
1:15:32
An over-long episode with a short title to reflect a very busy–and somewhat bizarre–eight day stretch in the wide world of national security law.  This week, your hosts Professors Chesney and Vladeck weigh in on:...
Feb 21, 2018
Episode 59: Share the Cookies
1:01:11
We don’t lack for topics this week!  In today’s episode, Professors Vladeck and Chesney eat a number of cookies while talking about the following: Rachel Brand steps down at DOJ.  As George III might say,...
Feb 13, 2018
Episode 58: Is It Treason Not to Clap For This Podcast?
1:04:42
Sorry that football season is over?  Lucky for you, the National Security Law Podcast has no offseason!  And lucky for your co-hosts, the world keeps generating new topics for conversation and debate.  This week, Professors Vladeck...
Feb 06, 2018
Episode 57: About that #Mehmo (Special Edition on the Nunes Memo Release)
43:58
President Trump has declassified the Nunes Memo and it now is available to the public.  Your hosts–Professors Bobby Chesney and Steve Vladeck–give it a deep-dive review here in a special-edition podcast episode.  Tune in to...
Feb 02, 2018
Episode 56: The State of the Uniom Is…ExStravagant!
1:10:21
You might not want to watch the State of the Union tonight, but don’t miss this episode of the podcast! This week we cover: The missing Russia sanctions?  A statute enacted last summer appears at first...
Jan 30, 2018
Episode 55: #ReleaseThePodcast
59:34
Happy anniversary, y’all!  It’s been one full year since we launched this podcast, and we are very grateful for all our listeners.  Here’s hoping there is *less* to discuss in our second year! This week,...
Jan 23, 2018
Ep. 54: Family Ties or Family Matters?
1:06:25
And we’re back, with another weekly dose of national security legal news and analysis.  Fresh off the stove this week we have: Dalmazzi – Steve is just returned from his first Supreme Court argument, in...
Jan 17, 2018
Episode 53: Tanks, Bombs, Bombs, and Guns
1:16:26
In this week’s episode, Professors Chesney and Vladeck take on three sets of issues under the national security law heading: ACLU v. Mattis (the US citizen enemy combatant case): Since the last episode, the government...
Jan 09, 2018
Episode 52: Trump Derangement Syndrome or a Distraction from the Forever War?
1:16:43
Merry New Year! 2018 is underway, but in today’s episode we are looking back at 2017.  More specifically, we are looking back to predictions made in early 2017 regarding the changes President Trump surely would...
Jan 03, 2018
Episode 51: Temporary, Immediate, and Unmonitored Access to this Podcast
1:07:34
Well, 2017 is almost done.  No doubt there are a few more kicks-in-the-pants on the way before it’s all said and done, but hey, we can at least offer you one final episode of this...
Dec 27, 2017
Episode 50: The Big Chill
54:08
Are your other podcasts letting you down by taking a holiday break?  Never fear, National Security Law Podcast is here! With two host who would much rather be podcasting than grading exams, you are assured...
Dec 19, 2017
Episode 49: Around the Horn With Interrogation, Detention, Prosecution, and Targeting
1:06:48
In this week’s episode, Professors Steve Vladeck and Bobby Chesney pick up the thread on a handful of familiar issues, and introduce a few new ones as well. Interrogation:  Their first topic is a blend, actually:...
Dec 12, 2017
Episode 48: The Logan Act: Not Just Another Hugh Jackman Movie
1:06:55
In this week’s episode, Professors Chesney and Vladeck catch up with a number of 2017’s most-persistent national security law sagas. For starters, there’s the indictment and plea agreement of Michael Flynn.  What does the charge...
Dec 05, 2017
Episode 47: Donuts and Depth Charges
1:04:51
And…they’re back!  Fresh off of Thanksgiving, Professors Chesney and Vladeck are (all too) fired up to discuss the latest national security law news (not to mention a bunch of stuff that just isn’t relevant to...
Nov 28, 2017
Episode 46: The $15 Million Dollar Man
1:01:42
In this week’s episode, your devoted hosts dig into a bonanza of national security law odds-and-ends. First up is an en banc decision by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review involving the standing of...
Nov 16, 2017
Episode 45: An Inter-Jurisdictional Cluster-You-Know-What?
54:18
Has it only been a week?  Yeesh.  Well, we are back!  In this episode, Professors Vladeck and Chesney focus on three topics: The Mueller investigation and the prospect that Mike Flynn may be charged under...
Nov 07, 2017
Episode 44: Interrogation, Prosecution, and Detention Issues in the Wake of the NYC Attack
42:46
We are back, one day after dropping episode 43, with an emergency podcast discussion the legal consequences of the horrific attack that occurred in New York City yesterday.  The need for the podcast flows from...
Nov 01, 2017
Episode 43: Unseal this Podcast!
54:43
It’s been a busy week in national security law!  In Episode 43, Professors Chesney and Vladeck take on: Mueller-Time: Indictments against Manafort and Gates, and an even-more important plea deal. ACLU v. Mattis and the...
Oct 31, 2017
Episode 42: The Magic Bullet Travel Ban(d)
52:41
This week Professors Chesney and Vladeck start with a close look at Smith v. Trump, a case that seeks a judicial ruling on whether the Islamic State really falls within the scope of the 2001 AUMF. ...
Oct 24, 2017
Episode 41: Han Shot First
57:45
If you were unsure about whether your hosts are geeks, this episode will help settle the question.  But before we get to what Professors Chesney and Vladeck think they know but don’t really, here’s the...
Oct 17, 2017
Episode 40: It’s a Conspiracy
47:57
In this week’s episode, Professors Chesney and Vladeck zero in on four recent developments involving law and national security. First, they explore the Supreme Court’s decision not to review the splintered decision of the en...
Oct 10, 2017
Episode 39: It Is More Likely Than Not That Our FARRA Discussion Will Bore You
1:00:07
If you have ever wondered what statutes, constitutional principles, and judicial precedents come into play when the U.S. government contemplates transferring an American citizen from our military custody to the custody of another government, this...
Oct 04, 2017
Episode 38: How Did We Get Through This One Without Saying “Posse Comitatus”?
1:01:31
Seriously, how did they manage not to say “posse comitatus” during this episode?  Sigh.  In this week’s episode, Professors Vladeck and Chesney do talk at length about various legal issues raised by the devastation in...
Sep 27, 2017
Episode 37: Enemy Combatants, Agents of Foreign Powers
53:18
In this week’s episode, Professors Chesney and Vladeck explore three big national security law developments from the past few days. First up: the news that the FISC, on two separate occasions, issued orders authorizing surveillance...
Sep 19, 2017
Episode 36: NSA General Counsel Glenn Gerstell on Section 702
56:36
We have a special treat in this off-cycle episode!  NSA GC Glenn Gerstell is in Austin to speak to our students here at UT, and (no doubt against his better judgment) he agreed to sit...
Sep 14, 2017
Episode 35: Will This Be the Year of Military Courts at the Supreme Court?
1:04:47
Will this year’s Supreme Court term be packed with cases relating to military courts?  In this week’s show, Professors Chesney and Vladeck explore the possibility.  The Supreme Court currently has before it an array of...
Sep 12, 2017
Episode 34: January 2019 as the Start of the 9/11 Trial: Over/Under?
55:32
In today’s episode, Professors Chesney and Vladeck spend time with three legal topics (before spiraling off into some ill-informed commentary on the college football season).  First, building off a report that FBI arrests of Islamic...
Sep 05, 2017
Episode 33: How About a Presidential Pardon…For This Episode
58:09
In this week’s episode, Professors Chesney and Vladeck take advantage of a relatively quiet week for national security law developments in order to range across a number of topics. Being in Texas, we are all...
Aug 30, 2017
Episode 32: Back to the Future…of Afghanistan and GTMO?
52:12
Never a dull moment in 2017.  In this week’s episode, Professors Vladeck and Chesney take on four topics (well, four relevant topics…do try to stay with them past their musings on home runs at the Little League...
Aug 22, 2017
Episode 31: We Were Not Mirandized Until Halfway Through This Podcast
1:14:52
In this week’s episode, Professors Chesney and Vladeck make a whole series of blatantly un-Mirandized statements about some of the latest national security law developments.  First, they take up a number of questions relating to...
Aug 16, 2017
Episode 30: Don’t Pop the Accountability Champagne Quite Yet
1:04:41
In this bizarrely-titled episode (ok, they pretty much all have bizarre titles, Professors Vladeck and Chesney take on four national security law developments from the past week. First, they explore the district court ruling in Salim...
Aug 08, 2017
Episode 29: Military Commissions, Military Officers in the Cabinet, the Laws of War, and More
1:00:33
This week’s episode certainly has a military theme.  Professors Chesney and Vladeck start off with a surprisingly (or is it disturbingly?) lengthy discussion of the writ of mandamus litigation currently pending in the D.C. Circuit...
Aug 01, 2017
Episode 28: The North Remembers…the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998???
57:54
In this week’s episode, Professors Chesney and Vladeck focus on two subjects: the extradition of Ali Damache and what it might portend for Trump administration counterterrorism policy, and the slate of issues surrounding the potential...
Jul 25, 2017
Episode 27: The AUMF: All You Ever Wanted to Know (and Plenty You Didn’t)
1:19:28
Want a thorough backgrounder on the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force?  This is the episode for you. (This also is the episode for you if what you want, instead, is an hour of legal...
Jul 17, 2017
Episode 26: The Impenetrable Podcast Unit
1:12:26
In today’s episode, Professors Chesney and Vladeck focus on three sets of issues.  First, they explore the D.C. Circuit’s June 30th ruling in Jaber v. United States, in which the court on political question grounds affirmed dismissal...
Jul 11, 2017
Episode 25: So Much National Security Law News…We’ve Reached Our Limitrophe
70:33
Had you seen the word “limitrophe” before Justice Breyer used it in his dissent in Herndandez v. Mesa? Neither had Professors Vladeck and Chesney, but that doesn’t stop them from exploring the Supreme Court’s action in...
Jun 28, 2017
Episode 24: An AUMF for Westeros?
75:51
In today’s episode, Professors Chesney and Vladeck discuss the Supreme Court’s decision in Ziglar v. Abbasi in more detail than you could possibly want.  What’s that one even about, you ask?Damages for alleged violations of...
Jun 20, 2017
Episode 23: She Could Be the Ruckelshaus to Rosenstein’s Richardson
63:54
In this episode, Professors Vladeck and Chesney come up with a tongue-twister of a title while exploring the legal fallout from the Comey testimony last week, including discussions of (1) whether Comey’s actions were illegal...
Jun 13, 2017
Episode 22: A Dose of Reality
67:24
In this episode, Professors Chesney and Vladeck have a full plate.  The arrest of a contractor named Reality Winner (for having stolen classified information relating to Russian efforts to hack a voting-machine system and providing that...
Jun 06, 2017
Episode 21: A Military Commissions Deep Dive
34:01
This episode is a bit different than normal.  Instead of tearing through the latest developments in the wide world of national security law, Professors Vladeck and Chesney instead provide a deep-dive overview of military commissions....
May 31, 2017
Episode 20: The Executive Branch’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Week in Court
37:45
It has only been a few days since Episode 19, but Steve and Bobby are worried that fellow national security law geeks won’t have enough @nslpodcast to enjoy during long Memorial Day Weekend roadtrips.  That, plus...
May 25, 2017
Episode 19: Inherent Contempt Works Better With a Congressional Jail
45:08
School’s out for summer…but the National Security Law Podcast keeps trucking along.  In Episode 19, we find that the suddenly-student-less professors have used their newfound free time to…wait for it…add music to their intro.  And just...
May 22, 2017
Episode 18: Disclosing Secrets to the Russians Makes Me WannaCry
56:14
The guys came back to the office tonight for a rare evening recording session, inspired by a combination of hot-off-the-presses news about the president talking out of turn to the Russians, lack of interest in...
May 16, 2017
Episode 17: On the Firing of Jim Comey
33:14
Yes Episode 16 just dropped yesterday, but given the firing of Jim Comey we felt duty bound to get back to the microphones ASAP.  And so here you will find Bobby and Steve reviewing and debating...
May 10, 2017
Episode 16: Authorizing Force Against the Islamic State
61:25
In this episode, Professors Vladeck and Chesney walk listeners through a recent proposal by Rep. Adam Schiff to replace the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs with a new “consolidated” AUMF that would explicitly name the Islamic...
May 09, 2017
Episode 15: Skirmishes in the Surveillance Wars
55:42
In this surveillance-heavy episode, Professors Chesney and Vladeck dig into a raft of news about foreign-intelligence collection authorities.  They open with an overview of how Section 702 collection authority works, and then unpack the recent...
May 03, 2017
Episode 14: Potential Assange Charges, and More From Some Island in the Pacific
52:48
In this episode, Professors Chesney and Vladeck run through the array of potential criminal charges against Julian Assange and Wikileaks (in light of recent rumblings that DOJ has revived that possibility), and they discuss the prospects...
Apr 26, 2017
Episode 13: This Podcast Did Not Go Through the VEP But We Are Releasing It Anyway
44:27
Listeners who are tired of listening to just Professors Vladeck and Chesney on this show can take heart!  This week they are joined by special guest Matt Tait, better known online as Pwn All the...
Apr 19, 2017
Episode 12: R2P From Above? The Shayrat Airfield Strike and More
63:24
In this episode, Professors Chesney and Vladeck go deep into the weeds regarding the legal issues raised by President Trump’s decision to launch missiles at the Shayrat Airfield in Syria, in the wake of the sarin...
Apr 11, 2017
Episode 11: All of This Has Happened Before, and Will Happen Again
60:50
In today’s episode, Professors Vladeck and Chesney come to grips yet again with surveillance law and policy issues thanks to the ever-fascinating Trump/Russia story, this time accounting for the President’s accusation that then-National Security Advisor Susan...
Apr 05, 2017
Episode 10: Is This Podcast Cert-Worthy?
59:54
In this hour-long episode, Professors Steve Vladeck and Bobby Chesney open by unpacking the ins-and-outs of two Guantanamo military commissions cases currently seeking Supreme Court review: the al-Nashiri case (which could give the Court a...
Mar 29, 2017
Episode 9: [USperson 1] and [USperson 2] Discuss [Redacted]
52:21
In this episode, [USperson 1] and [USperson 2] discuss whether the law was violated by [USperson 3] when [he/she] spoke to [USpersons 4-17] about alleged surveillance of [USperson 18] or perhaps various [USpersons] working for...
Mar 24, 2017
Episode 8: March Madness
58:19
Episode 8 (about 58 minutes long) finds Professors Vladeck and Chesney discussing the legal, policy, and institutional issues raised by reports that President Trump has authorized CIA to resume control of drone operations in some circumstances,...
Mar 17, 2017
Episode 7: The Less Prep the Better
49:03
In this episode, Professors Chesney and Vladeck live up to their new motto (see the episode title) by wading into the confusion surrounding a pair of recent presidential claims with significant national security law implications:...
Mar 08, 2017
Episode 6: A Sessions Session
39:53
In this episode, Professors Vladeck and Chesney get into the weeds of the controversy surrounding the statements Attorney General Sessions made during his confirmation process concerning contacts with Russians.  Is there a credible case for...
Mar 02, 2017
Episode 5: Does this Podcast Apply Extraterritorially?
46:22
In this episode, Professors Chesney and Vladeck consider whether the Supreme Court is poised to use a border-shooting case (Hernandez v. Mesa) to expand Fourth or Fifth Amendment rights for non-citizens outside the United States, and what...
Feb 21, 2017
Episode 4: A New Hope
38:11
In this episode, Professors Vladeck and Chesney come to grips with a number of legal issues raised by the Mike Flynn story.  What the heck is the Logan Act and was it perhaps violated?  What about...
Feb 16, 2017