Benjamin Wittes

Edward Snowden’s NBC Interview Revealed His Ultimate Arrogance
May 30, 2014

The NSA leaker thinks he's above the law.

Edward Snowden Is Russia's Puppet Now
Any shred of heroism was lost at Putin's press farce
April 18, 2014

Edward Snowden is not a whistleblower, or a hero. He is a man who helps dictators make propaganda to embarrass his own country.

The Guardian and Washington Post Don't Deserve Pulitzers Just for Sparking a Debate
April 15, 2014

The Post's NSA coverage has been the opposite of insightful.

Obama's NSA Speech Wasn't an Apology. It Was a Clever Defense.
January 21, 2014

It was his best speech on national security, but it will not quell the controversies.

The NSA Report Is Incredibly Awkward for Obama
December 19, 2013

This presumably was not the report Obama was imagining when created the group.

Jack Goldsmith: Journalists Are Too Thin-Skinned
And other national-security debates in these three podcasts
November 13, 2013

On October 25, the Hoover Institution put together a media colloquium which brought together a group of distinguished journalists who work on national security issues and put them face to face for a day with members of its Jean Perkins Task Force on National Security and Law.

Three Deep Flaws in Two New Human-Rights Reports on U.S. Drone Strikes
October 24, 2013

Two leading human rights NGOs, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, released separate reports on U.S. drone warfare this week. They were focused on different places geographically—Amnesty’s report, “Will I be next? U.S.

The Founding Fathers Vacillated on Government Snooping, Too
October 23, 2013

Americans today vacillate over national security and government power. We want an effective intelligence community, but we don’t want too much surveillance or collection.

Threatening Not to Raise the Debt Ceiling Is a National Security Issue, Too
October 16, 2013

If a body other than the Congress of the United States were actively contemplating a step that would, by the accounts of virtually all economists, tank the U.S.

Tea Party Republicans Are Putting American Lives in Danger
October 07, 2013

Imagine if the Democrats in 2007, having just regained control of the Congress, had decided to go to the mat against the Bush tax cuts. Imagine that they voted repeatedly to repeal them. They tried to delay implementation. They linked repeal to debt ceiling legislation. And while most of them knew better than to shut down the government over marginal tax rates, for a group critical to Nancy Pelosi’s majority, repeal had become a matter of religion.