Since the election Lawfareblog co-founder Bobby Chesney has posted two articles under the heading “Annals of the Trump Administration” that are handy references -or checklists if you wish- for executive orders and presidential directives that President Trump might change or rescind, based on his campaign statements. I thought you might find them as valuable as I do.
“…given candidate Trump’s repeated endorsements of waterboarding or worse, it seems very likely that sometime next January we’ll see action repealing President Obama’s executive order 13491 (“Ensuring Lawful Interrogation“), accompanied by renewed talk of taking the gloves off when it comes to interrogation.”
The second includes interrogation, Guantanamo, signals intelligence, and policy on terrorist targeting. Here is an example of the kinds of questions raised:
“Section 3(c) of 13491 bars reliance on Bush-era Justice Department interpretations of interrogation-related federal statutes and treaties (you know the ones). Will a revocation order from Trump explicitly reinstate the authority of those memos?”
I cannot commend Lawfareblog to you highly enough. National Security and the issues surrounding it lead me to read it daily. Along with reading Just Security, my other “go-to” site for similar issues, it is as routine for me to read it as to drink my coffee while doing so.
While it is “lawyerly” and scholarly, it is only rarely inaccessible to a lay person. It has won my interest because it takes a more thoughtful approach to my issues. My biases run much more toward civil liberties and retaining “speed bumps” for the government in its dealings with individuals but I’ve found most of the civil liberties sites to be more “hair on fire” commentary and less scholarly than I can take regularly without spilling coffee on my computer.
I impose my civil liberties skepticism on articles from time to time while I enjoy them all the time. You might enjoy the site; it contains a growing array of subject fields related to national security, understood broadly.
I thank Ben Wittes, editor, for permission to make these available through this blog.