Episode 20: The Executive Branch’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Week in Court

May 25, 2017

It has only been a few days since Episode 19, but Steve and Bobby are worried that fellow national security law geeks won’t have enough @nslpodcast to enjoy during long Memorial Day Weekend roadtrips.  That, plus they want to make sure you are up to speed on two big new rulings by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, both of which went against the Executive Branch.  First, the en banc Fourth Circuit today issued IRAP v. Trumpin which a majority of the Court agreed to uphold the nationwide injunction a trial judge had issued against the second version of the Trump Administration’s immigration-related executive order (the decision focuses on the Establishment Clause challenge). Second, a Fourth Circuit panel on Tuesday ruled in Wikimedia Foundation v. NSA/CSS that Wikimedia pled sufficient facts to survive the government’s motion to dismiss on standing grounds, in connection with a suit that challenges the Section 702 Upstream collection program on Fourth Amendment grounds.  Tune in for Steve and Bobby’s review and analysis of these important decisions in a somewhat-shorter-than-usual episode, as well as a quick recap of last night’s U2 concert in Houston (part of the 30th-anniversary Joshua Tree tour; Bobby had a darn good time).

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