Day 23 – March 30


Wall Street Journal reporter arrested in Russia on spying charges


Finish Chapter 24

Read Chapter 25


Day 22 – March 28


You Have No Privacy—the Government Already Bought It From Tech Companies

New Records Detail DHS Purchase and Use of Vast Quantities of Cell Phone Location Data


A lot of this material should be familiar from ACJ. We will concentrate on the national security aspects of the material.

Slides – Chapter 22 – final (from last class).

Chapter 23

Slides – Chapter 23 – final.


Slides – Chapter 24 –  final.

Day 21 – March 23


Taiwan recalls ambassador from Honduras, prepares to lose another diplomatic ally to China


Read Chapter 22

Slides – Chapter 22 – revised


Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane Investigation

Day 20 – March 21


Situation in Ukraine: ICC judges issue arrest warrants against Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova

After arrest warrant for Putin, Russia opens case against ICC


Finish Chapter 20

Read Chapter 21

Slides – Chapter 21 – revised


Day 19 – March 16


Why Countries Are Trying to Ban TikTok

Video footage released of US drone forced down by Russian fighter jet


Chapter 20

Slides – Chapter 20 – final

Day 18 – March 14


Pentagon map shows Chinese outposts in South China Sea Spratly Islands.

Ron DeSantis Says Protecting Ukraine Is Not a Key U.S. Interest

ICC to open war crimes cases on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine


Chapter 19

Slides – Chapter 19 – Draft


Two views of the CIA covert spycraft and covert operations.

FIRST CHAPTER – ‘Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA’

Legacy of Ashes – NYT review

Legacy of Ashes – CIA review

Day 17 – March 9


Oral argument in Gonzalez v. Google LLC (discussed at the end of last class)

A key issue before the court is that the immediate result of limiting Section 230 immunity would likely be the end of moderation, except for specifically prohibited content such as child porn.

Intelligence Suggests Pro-Ukrainian Group Sabotaged Pipelines, U.S. Officials Say

Ukraine Suffered More Data-Wiping Malware Last Year Than Anywhere, Ever


Chapters 17 & 18 from last class.

Slides – Chapters 17 & 18 – draft

Check back for news and additional resources, including slides.


National Intelligence Priorities Framework (Jan 7, 2021)

Memorandum on Renewing the National Security Council System (FEBRUARY 04, 2021)

Day 16 – March 7



We will finish the materials from last class and discuss the national security implications of social media and personal electronics in modern life. Look for national security disinformation on social media.

Slides – Chapter 14 – updated

Read Chapters 17&18, the introduction to the intelligence agencies. We will start those materials Tuesday and finish on Thursday.

Day 15 – March 2


Could deep boreholes solve our nuclear waste problem?


Chapter 14 – be sure to read the sections in the Supplement as well.

Slides – Chapter 14

Materials for use in class – review ahead of time if you have the opportunity.

The TOR project

Demonstration of a software control system hack destroying an electrical generator

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency




Day 14 – Feb 28

Class is in person – computer day means we talk about computers.


Al Jazeera English: US judge says 9/11 families not entitled to Afghan bank funds

Netanyahu said to huddle repeatedly with military brass over possible attack on Iran

China refuses to condemn Russia’s Ukraine invasion during G20 deadlock

What is China’s peace proposal on how to end Ukraine war?


The Phone in the Room

This is computer and Internet day! We have several chapters that deal with cyber operations and surveillance. You need to have a basic understanding of how the systems work to think clearly about the problems. I wish I could make the Supreme Court justices go through the material that we will review.

The Internet: 1997 – 2021 – One minute visualization of the growth of the Internet

Unit: Computers and the Internet – This is a series of Khan Academy videos that introduce the basics of computers and the Internet. I assume most of you have used Khan Academy lessons during K-12 and perhaps college. These are short, simple, and entertaining. Should take less than 90 minutes total to watch them all.

I will expand on these materials in class.