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Scott R. Anderson


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Past articles by Scott:

A Justice Department Show of Force in the Mar-a-Lago Case

The department’s Mar-a-Lago filing leaves little doubt where its investigation is heading, but suggests it will take a while to get there. → Read More

What Did We Learn from the Mar-a-Lago Search Warrant Affidavit?

While the most important details remain redacted, the unsealed affidavit still sheds a bit more light on the Justice Department’s case. → Read More

What’s Happening with Afghanistan’s Assets?

The Biden administration has a controversial new plan for Afghanistan’s besieged central bank assets. But it doesn’t do what critics think it does. → Read More

Seditious Conspiracy: What to Make of the Latest Oath Keepers Indictment

The indictment sets out the most serious criminal charge yet used against any of the Capitol rioters, but it also shows the limits of the criminal law in responding to Jan. 6. → Read More

Rational Security 2.0: The 'Everyone Is Wrong' Edition

On this week’s episode, Alan, Quinta and Scott are joined by the fourth member of their Lawfare senior editor quartet, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow (and first-time Rational Security guest) Molly Reynolds! They sit down to discuss: the legacy of 9/11 and whether we’ve really done everything wrong since (including in Congress); the last tragic drone strike in Kabul that → Read More

Rational Security 2.0: The 'Bloodless Coup' Edition

On this premiere episode of Rational Security 2.0, the new crew of co-hosts—Alan Rozenshtein, Quinta Jurecic and Scott R. Anderson—bring the deposed Benjamin Wittes (and his accomplice Siri) back to the virtual jungle studio, bound and gagged, for a show trial over the crimes of the last regime. → Read More

History and the Recognition of the Taliban

This isn’t the first time that the United States has had to reconsider its relationship with a resurgent Taliban—or a chaotic and uncertain Afghanistan. → Read More

Online Event: The State of the Kabul Airlift

On Thursday, August 19 at 1:00 p.m. EST, join a live panel of individuals working to evacuate vulnerable Afghans from Kabul’s international airport to learn about the state of their efforts and what still needs to be done. → Read More

Justice Department Releases OLC Memo on Soleimani Strike

Earlier today, the Justice Department released a redacted copy of a March 2020 Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) memorandum providing the legal rationale behind the controversial January 2, 2020, drone strike that killed Major General Qassem Soleimani of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and several leaders of the militia Kata’ib Hezbollah while in Baghdad, Iraq. The → Read More

We’re Hiring! Come be Our New Fellow on Cybersecurity

We’re excited to announce that we’re now accepting applications for a new position at both Lawfare and the Brookings Institution: a Lawfare senior editor and Brookings fellow who will take on recently departed Executive Editor Susan Hennessey’s portfolio focusing on cybersecurity issues! The ideal candidate is someone with a firm grasp of the legal, policy and technical → Read More

Newly Released FBI Documents Show Troubling Double Standard on Political Speech

The FBI punishes employees who criticize Donald Trump on its devices, but not those who praise him or criticize other presidential candidates. → Read More

The Halkbank Case Should Be a Very Big Deal

There are no plausible benign explanations for Trump’s conduct here. Even three days before the election, people should care. → Read More

How to Resolve a Contested Election, Part 3: When Elections Fail

In the most desperate scenarios, the voters may not be the ones who decide who becomes president after all. → Read More

How to Resolve a Contested Election, Part 2: How Congress Counts the Electoral Votes

The electoral votes have been cast, and now it’s time for Congress to decide how they should be counted—assuming it can get its own house in order first. → Read More

Forcing President Trump to Comply with the Law

We filed a lawsuit to force President Trump to comply with his war powers reporting obligations under the law—and we won. → Read More

How to Resolve a Contested Election, Part 1: The States and Their Electors

The process for selecting a new president begins with the states—and they may play a decisive role in resolving any disputes that might arise in 2020. → Read More

Pompeo’s Right About One Thing: Diplomats Deserve First Amendment Rights

The secretary of state has accidentally shed light on the burdensome restrictions that the State Department puts on its overseas employees and their families. → Read More

We Filed Suit Over Trump’s Missing War Powers Report

The president has a legal obligation to file a report with Congress on legal authorities connected to ongoing U.S. military operations. He has shirked that duty. → Read More

The House Prepares to Move Forward with Remote Voting

On Friday, lawmakers will vote on what could be an important step toward maintaining an operational Congress during the coronavirus crisis. → Read More

Congress Dawdles on Remote Voting

Lawmakers are showing an openness to operating remotely. But a potential partisan split on the issue could stall progress. → Read More