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Study of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program – Unclassified

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program. Foreword by Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Dianne Feinstein. Findings and Conclusions – Executive Summary Approved December 13,2012. Updated for Release April 3, 2014. Declassifications Revisions December 3, 2014. “On April 3, 2014, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence voted to send the Findings and Conclusions andContinue Reading

Warrant Canaries as Tools for Transparency in the Wake of the Snowden Disclosures

Gilens, Naomi, The NSA Has Not Been Here: Warrant Canaries as Tools for Transparency in the Wake of the Snowden Disclosures (April 2014). Available for dowload at at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2498150 “Technology companies are increasingly experimenting with “warrant canaries” as a means of increasing transparency around the national security orders they receive. A warrant canary isContinue Reading

Implementing a Body-Worn Camera Program: Recommendations and Lessons Learned

Report by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) with support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS Office), October 2014. “The recent emergence of body-worn cameras has already had an impact on policing, and this impact will only increase as more agencies adopt this technology. The decision to implement body-worn cameras shouldContinue Reading

2014 Corruption Perceptions Index

The 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index Measures the Perceived Levels of Public Sector Corruption in 175 Countries and Territories “Corruption is a problem for all economies, requiring leading financial centres in the EU and US to act together with fast-growing economies to stop the corrupt from getting away with it, anti-corruption group Transparency International said today. In theContinue Reading

The Second Amendment in the Twenty-First Century: What Hath Heller Wrought?

Charles, Patrick J., The Second Amendment in the Twenty-First Century: What Hath Heller Wrought? (December 1, 2014). William & Mary Bill of Rights, Vol. 23, 2015 Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2532722 “This article explores the impact District of Columbia v. Heller has had on the public discourse. It is a discourse that will beContinue Reading

Semi-annual report prepared by Intelligence Community Inspector General

Steven Aftergood, Secrecy News: “The Intelligence Community Inspector General (IC IG) received a tip last year that the Intelligence Community might have assembled a database containing US person data in violation of law and policy. “A civilian employee with the Army Intelligence and Security Command made an IC IG Hotline complaint alleging an interagency data repository,Continue Reading

Taxation of Internet Sales and Access: Legal Issues

CRS – Taxation of Internet Sales and Access: Legal Issues. Erika K. Lunder, Legislative Attorney. December 1, 2014. “In recent years, there has been significant congressional interest in the states’ ability to impose sales and use taxes on sales made over the Internet. While these taxes are imposed on the consumer, states generally prefer that retailers collect and remit them, ratherContinue Reading

The Impact of Right to Carry Laws and the NRC Report

Aneja, Abhay and Donohue, John J. and Zhang, Alexandria, The Impact of Right to Carry Laws and the NRC Report: The Latest Lessons for the Empirical Evaluation of Law and Policy (September 4, 2014). Stanford Law and Economics Olin Working Paper No. 461. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2443681 “For over a decade, there hasContinue Reading

Stubborn Things: An Empirical Approach to Facts, Opinions, and the First Amendment

Herz-Roiphe, Daniel, Stubborn Things: An Empirical Approach to Facts, Opinions, and the First Amendment (November 25, 2014). 103 Michigan Law Review First Impressions (2014 Forthcoming). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2530768 “This essay offers an empirical approach to assessing whether compelled disclosures are “factual” for the purposes of the First Amendment — the central issue atContinue Reading

Honda’s Early Warning Report Audit & NHTSA Special Order

Fact Sheet: “In September 2014, Honda commissioned a third-party audit of its TREAD Act reporting (also known as Early Warning Reports, or EWRs) to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) after certain discrepancies in reporting had been identified. NHTSA Special Order Once Honda received preliminary findings from the third-party audit, it requested a meetingContinue Reading

Cubewrap Contracts: The Rise of Delayed Term, Standard Form Employment Agreements

Arnow-Richman, Rachel S., Cubewrap Contracts: The Rise of Delayed Term, Standard Form Employment Agreements (November 21, 2014). Arizona Law Review, Vol. 49, No. 637, 2007. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2529236 “Modern companies increasingly use standard form agreements, such as arbitration and non-compete agreements, to “contractualize” discrete aspects of their workers’ obligations. Frequently such agreements providedContinue Reading

FAA to rule soon on increasingly popular use of drones

WSJ – “Highly anticipated federal rules on commercial drones are expected to require operators to have a license and limit flights to daylight hours, below 400 feet and within sight of the person at the controls, according to people familiar with the rule-making process. The drone industry has awaited commercial rules for about six years, hopingContinue Reading