Fri, 26 September 2014
Ben interviews Dan Carlin in a wide-ranging conversation on WWI, NSA, and how to make a podcast.
Direct download: Episode_93_--_Dan_Carlin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:47pm EDT
Fri, 19 September 2014
This week, the nation once again celebrated Constitution Day, and Ben gave the keynote address at Kenyon College, which we provide to you in full. In his address, Ben covers what he calls a “Constitution under stress,” and how the post-9/11 world has catalyzed a prolonged debate over liberties in the United States and in turn, how the Constitutional framework has shaped our response to the challenges of drones, cyber security, surveillance, detention, and extended overseas military operations.
Direct download: Episode_92_--_Ben_Wittes_Constitution_Day.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:25pm EDT
Sat, 13 September 2014
Benjamin Wittes, Robert Chesney, Shane Harris and Wells Bennett talk the politics and law of the ISIS AUMF--and why President Obama isn't seeking one.
Direct download: Episode_91--ISIS_ISIL_IS_AUMF.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:50am EDT
Fri, 5 September 2014
It’s already made the headlines, but earlier this week, Matt Olsen, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center delivered a keynote threat assessment of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria to the Brookings Institution. Olsen’s assessment stood out among the many others that have been released into the Washington echo chamber: it was alarming yet measured; it addressed the structural factors both propelling and limiting ISIL; and it outlined a series of steps the United States could take to limit the threat to the U.S. homeland and its interests abroad. Overall, Olsen paints a picture of a radical group with unnerving capabilities, but one that he says is certainly not “invincible.” Bruce Riedel, Director of the Intelligence Project and Senior Fellow at Brookings, introduced Olsen and moderated the discussion.
Direct download: Episode_90_--_Matt_Olsen_ISIL_Talk.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:19pm EDT