Jack Goldsmith

Obama, Not Bush, Is the Master of Unilateral War
October 14, 2014

The president must force Congress to vote on his military powers.

If Obama Wants Congress' Approval to Attack ISIS, He'll Have to Ask—or Screw Up Badly
October 07, 2014

What history tells us about Obama's unilateral decision to bomb ISIS>

What the Latest NSA Bombshell Reveals About Media Standards Today
January 15, 2014

David Sanger and Thom Shanker have a lengthy story in the New York Times about various National Security Agency techniques for penetrating foreign computers and networks, including a strategy for accessing seemingly air-gapped computers.

The American Press Has Never Been More Free Than It Is Today
December 02, 2013

The U.S. government has never prosecuted a newspaper or journalist for publishing classified information, and in recent years even the theoretical legal possibility of doing so has evaporated. 

White House and Congress Didn't Know the NSA Was Spying on Allies? I Doubt It
October 29, 2013

Count me as very skeptical about the suggestions in recent days that neither the White House nor the congressional intelligence committees knew about NSA collections against leaders in allied countries.

Obama's Crackdown on Leaks Won't Stop Secrets From Coming Out
October 10, 2013

The Obama administration is engaged in an unprecedented campaign to control the flow of information to the press, characterized by “legal policies . . .

We Need an Invasive NSA
October 10, 2013

It’s the best way to stave off the oncoming onslaught of cyber-attacks.

Here's What Makes Language of Any Syria Bill So Complicated
September 03, 2013

Politico reports that a revised Syria AUMF is being drafted in the Senate:Some of the options being considered for the revised Authorization for the Use of Military Force include a 60-day period for Obama to launch “narrow, limited” strikes against A

President Obama Should Heed What Senator Obama Said About Authorizing Military Action
August 28, 2013

I have a pretty broad view of presidential power to use military force abroad without congressional authorization.

How Obama Undermined the War on Terror
May 01, 2013

When Obama took office, he promised not to expend "the rule of law" for "expedience's sake." He did, and now we all face the consequences.