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"Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad"

James Madison, May 13, 1798

CNSS Spotlight on the Issues

“What’s a Logical Drone Strikes Policy? Hint: Not the Current One”
The New York Times’ Andrew Rosenthal highlights the Center’s paper on U.S. drone strikes, written in partnership with the American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights. 

Published on 21 Mar 2014

CNSS Welcomes End to NSA Bulk Metadata Program
President Obama promised to end the NSA’s bulk telephone metadata collection program in a speech on intelligence reforms. He also issued a Presidential Policy Directive promising to respect the privacy rights of foreigners abroad, the first such commitment by any President.

Published on 17 Jan 2014

House Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on NSA Surveillance
Kate Martin testified on the second panel of the House Judiciary Committee Hearing on “Oversight of the Administration's use of FISA Authorities.” Read her written statement here.    

Published on 19 Jul 2013


CNSS Amicus Brief Arguing that NSA's Bulk Telephone Metadata Program Was Never Authorized By Congress

In this Brief before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, CNSS makes the case that the court's orders to phone companies to hand over their customers’ telephone metadata in bulk to the NSA are not legal under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. 

 Published on 03 Apr 2014

Comments to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board On § 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

CNSS makes recommendations to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board concerning their upcoming report on section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. 

 Published on 11 Apr 2014

“What’s Behind Obama’s Campaign to Limit Bulk Data Collection by the NSA”

Kate Martin was a guest on PBS Newshour to discuss the President’s proposal for ending the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, which she characterized as “a significant step.” 

 Published on 25 Mar 2014

Discussion Paper on the Legality of Drone Strikes Under International Law for the ABA Center for Human Rights

In this discussion paper, the Center for National Security Studies, in partnership with the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights, outlines where U.S. targeted killings are legal under the laws of war. 

 Published on 18 Mar 2014

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