Episode 177: This Podcast Does Not Have a Navy

August 21, 2020

We are back with a new episode, bringing you respectful disagreements and discussion–not to mention heaps of frivolity–about the latest national security law news.  This week, co-hosts Steve Vladeck and Bobby Chesney discuss:

  • Attorney General Barr’s offer to eschew the death penalty in order to enable the UK to provide the US with inculpatory evidence against the two Islamic State “Beatles” detainees currently in US military custody…and his promise that they mean will be transferred to Iraq for prosecution if this doesn’t occur by October 15.
  • The GAO’s legal memo concluding that the senior-most DHS officials do not hold their positions lawfully (thanks to the distinction between regular and “catastrophic” vacancy scenarios)
  • The United States Postal Service strikes back…through the law enforcement officers in its Inspection Service.  Didn’t know that was a thing?  Neither did Steve Bannon, most likely, but that’s who arrested him…
  • The Fifth Circuit won’t show its cards with respect to whether the all-male military draft rule remains constitutional given that the role of women in the military has changed so much since Rostker…will SCOTUS take the case though?
  • Some National Security Division updates

All that, plus 80s soundtrack frivolity!

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