Renewed Vigilance

October 3, 2007 | Comments Off on Renewed Vigilance

The Office of Homeland Security was hoping the title of this post would refer to the new level of surveillance they would be making available to state and local law enforcement agencies. Intelligence satellites, which had previously been available domestically only for meteorological purposes, were slated to become accessible through a new program to be […]

Earlier this week, an important vote took place in the Senate regarding the restoration of the “Great Writ” of habeas corpus. Though the vote seems to have flown under the radar somewhat, the implications of Wednesday’s defeat venture far beyond the boundaries of the legal community. As noted in The New York Times, Senator Patrick […]

When recently perusing the website of the Hamilton Project (an excellent consortium of progressive-leaning policy papers), I came across something that I never knew existed. To my surprise a comprehensive framework, established under the imprimateur of the United Nations, exists that seeks to set forth rules governing the uses of the non-territorial oceans (i.e., the […]

Biometric Data in Iraq

July 27, 2007 | Comments Off on Biometric Data in Iraq

This week at my summer clerkship, I helped research and draft a letter (pdf) about the collection of biometric data from Iraqi citizens. The U.S. military is using mobile scanners to compile a database of information about hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. According to General Patreus, the purpose of collecting the data is to help […]

Eavesdrop It Like It’s Hot

July 17, 2007 | Comments Off on Eavesdrop It Like It’s Hot

I wrote a piece for Campus Progress about why not having an iPhone might be a blessing in disguise. This way, the NSA won’t be wiretapping your phone! Check it out, and feel free to leave comments over there.

Sec. of Defense Robert Gates’ U.S. Naval Academy Address

May 25, 2007 | Comments Off on Sec. of Defense Robert Gates’ U.S. Naval Academy Address

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (W&M ’65) delivered the commencement address at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis today. The video of his remarks can be found here; the text here. I believe that Gates’s speech was not only inspiring for the graduates; it also showed his own personal courage. In a time marked by […]

Re-Cap: A Pretentious President or a Cavalier Congress?

April 7, 2007 | Comments Off on Re-Cap: A Pretentious President or a Cavalier Congress?

On Wednesday April 4th in room 119 students gathered for the annual American Constitution Society/Federalist Society debate. The topic for this year was, “A Pretentious President or a Cavalier Congress?: The Separation of Powers During Wartime.” Representing the American Constitution Society was Neil Kinkopf, an associate professor of law at Georgia State University, and representing […]

TSA Prepares to Scan Your Package

February 27, 2007 | Comments Off on TSA Prepares to Scan Your Package

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) may probe more than your suitcase in the future if the government decides to install Backscatter X-ray technology throughout the nation’s airports. According to USA TODAY, the TSA says airport screeners will delete passenger images but the process is not automatic. Backscatter X–ray screens, which reveal body parts unobscured by […]

What’s the Frequency?

February 26, 2007 | 4 Comments

Virginians living near Quantico are having their buttons pushed by their military neighbors— their garage door buttons. The frequency used by many civilian remote controlled devices, including garage doors, is in the range of about 138 to 450 megahertz. In fact, the majority of garage doors operate right around 387 MHz. The government has reserved […]

Last Friday the WM ACS, in conjunction with the Institute for Bill of Rights Law (Student Division), hosted Prof. Mark Tushnet of Harvard Law School.  The lecture, which was titled, “The Political Constitution of Emergency Powers,” centered upon structural divisions of constitutional power in an emergency situation.  I was very pleased to see the turnout, given that it was […]

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