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Wittes, Benjamin

Works: 37 works in 129 publications in 1 language and 11,674 library holdings
Genres: Interviews  Speeches 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor
Classifications: KF9430, 345.7302
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Benjamin Wittes
Law and the long war : the future of justice in the age of terror by Benjamin Wittes( Book )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 762 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyzes the legal legacy of the Bush administration, revealing how Bush has failed to create a set of laws that will protect American and regulate the government during the War on Terror, and explaining why such laws are necessary
The future of violence : robots and germs, hackers and drones : confronting a new age of threat by Benjamin Wittes( Book )

11 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 714 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The ability to inflict pain and suffering on large groups of people is no longer limited to the nation-state. New technologies are putting enormous power into the hands of individuals across the world--a shift that, for all its sunny possibilities, entails enormous risk for all of us, and may even challenge the principles on which the modern nation state is founded. In short, if our national governments can no longer protect us from harm, they will lose their legitimacy. Detailing the challenges that states face in this new world, legal scholars Benjamin Wittes and Gabriella Blum controversially argue in [Title TK] that national governments must expand their security efforts to protect the lives and liberty of their citizens. Wittes and Blum show how advances in cybertechnology, biotechnology, and robotics mean that more people than ever before have access to technologies--from drones to computer networks and biological data--that could possibly be used to extort or attack states and private citizens. Security, too, is no longer only under governmental purview, as private companies or organizations control many of these technologies: internet service providers in the case of cyber terrorism and digital crime, or academic institutions and individual researchers and publishers in the case of potentially harmful biotechnologies. As Wittes and Blum show, these changes could undermine the social contract that binds citizens to their governments."
Constitution 3.0 : freedom and technological change by Jeffrey Rosen( Book )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Explores the challenges to constitutional values posed by sweeping technological changes such as social networks, brain scans, and genetic selection and suggests ways of preserving rights, including privacy, free speech, and dignity in the age of Facebook and Google"--
Starr : a reassessment by Benjamin Wittes( Book )

13 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How is Kenneth Starr's extraordinary term as independent counsel to be understood? Was he a partisan warrior out to get the Clintons or a savior of the Republic? An unstoppable menace, an unethical lawyer, or a sex-obsessed Puritan striving to enforce a right-wing social morality? This book is the first serious, impartial effort to evaluate and critique Starr's tenure as independent counsel. Relying on lengthy, revealing interviews with Starr and many other players in Clinton-era Washington, Washington Post journalist Benjamin Wittes arrives at a new understanding of Starr and the part he played in one of American history's most enthralling public sagas."--Jacket
Legislating the war on terror : an agenda for reform by Benjamin Wittes( Book )

12 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Tackles some of the most challenging dilemmas and the new post-9/11 realities confronting Congress as it legislates the new ground rules for the war on terror. Presents an agenda for reforming statutory laws governing this new battle that balances need for security, rule of law, and constitutional rights of freedom"--Provided by publisher
Detention and denial : the case for candor after Guantánamo by Benjamin Wittes( Book )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Discusses the legal, political, and moral ramifications of the current U.S. approach to handling detention of terrorist suspects and reviews in particular the historical and current uses of preventive detention under American law in arguing for a formal, statutory system of rules to govern detention in the context of counterterrorism operations."-
Confirmation wars : preserving independent courts in angry times by Benjamin Wittes( Book )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Washington Post editorial writer Benjamin Wittes examines the degradation of the judicial nominations process over the past fifty years up to the present-including the recent confirmation of Justices Roberts and Alito. Drawing on years of reporting on judicial nominations, he explains how the process has changed and how these changes threaten the independence of the courts. Getting beyond the partisan blame game, he argues that the process has changed as an institutional response by Congress to modern judicial power and urges basic reforms to better insulate the judiciary from the nastiness of contemporary politics
Campaign 2012 : twelve independent ideas for improving American public policy( Book )

10 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Campaign 2012: Twelve Independent Ideas for Improving American Public Policy is an indispensable guide to the questions facing White House hopefuls in 2012, as well as the challenges awaiting the winner. It presents authoritative analyses of a dozen key policy issues currently testing the nation:-domestic economic growth-America's role in the world-the budget deficit-China relations-health care-Afghanistan and Pakistan-federalism-Iran-reforming government institutions-the Middle East-climate change-t
What would Madison do? : the Father of the Constitution meets modern American politics by Benjamin Wittes( Book )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Speaking the law : the Obama administration's addresses on national security law by Kenneth Anderson( Book )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The authors offer a detailed examination of the speeches of the Obama administration on national security legal issues. Viewed together her for the first time, they lay out a broad array of legal and policy positions regarding a large number of principles currently contested at both the domestic and international level. The book describes what the Obama administration has said about the legal framework in which it is operating with respect to such questions as the nature of the war on terrorism, the use of drones and targeted killings, detention, trial by military commission and federal courts, and interrogation. The authors analyze this framework, examining the stresses on it and asking where the administration got matters right and where it went wrong. They conclude with suggestions for reforms to the framework for the administration and Congress to consider"--Publisher's description
The future of violence : robots and germs, hackers and drones--confronting a new age of threat by Benjamin Wittes( )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From drone warfare in the Middle East to digital spying by the NSA, the US government has harnessed the power of cutting-edge technology to terrible effect. But what happens when ordinary people have the same tools at their fingertips? Benjamin Wittes and Gabriella Blum reveal that this new world is nearly upon us. Soon, our neighbors will be building armed drones capable of firing a million rounds a minute and cooking powerful viruses based on recipes found online. These new technologies will threaten not only our lives but the very foundation of the modern nation-state. Wittes and Blum counterintuitively argue that only by increasing surveillance and security efforts will national governments be able to protect their citizens. The Future of Violence is at once an account of these terrifying new threats and an authoritative blueprint for how we must adapt to survive
The current detainee population of Guantanámo : an empirical study by Benjamin Wittes( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... represents an effort both to document and to describe in as much detail as in the public record will permit the current detainee population in American military custody at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station in Cuba"--Page 1
Reforming the NSA : how to spy after Snowden by Daniel Byman( )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Constitution 3.0 freedom and technological change( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The emerging law of detention the Guantánamo habeas cases as lawmaking by Benjamin Wittes( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"President Obama's decision not to seek additional legislative authority for detentions at Guántanamo Bay, Cuba--combined with Congress's lack of interest in the task--means that, for good or for ill, judges must write the rules governing military detention of terrorist suspects. As the United States reaches the president's self-imposed January 22, 2010 deadline for Guantanamo's closure with the base still holding nearly 200 detainees, the common-law process of litigating their habeas corpus lawsuits has emerged as the chief legislative mechanism for doing so."--Exec. summary (p.1)
Lawfare : Hard National Security Choices( )

in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Designing detention : a model law for terrorist incapacitation by Benjamin Wittes( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the following paper we attempt to imagine an administrative detention law at the granular level of actual legislative language, offering a model law for terrorist incapacitation. The model law attempts to address all of the major questions that a statutory approach to detentions will have to answer, including questions of who falls within the detainable class, what evidentiary and procedural rules should govern detentions, what role the courts should play in reviewing them, and how the system should handle classified information. The model law is an attempt to move terrorist detentions away from a strict law-of-war model and towards one better tailored to America's long-term struggle against global terrorism. At its core, the model law is designed to provide the executive branch with a targeted and highly regulated detention authority supplemental to the authority provided by the laws of war -- p.1
Innovation's darker future : biosecurity, technologies of mass empowerment, and the Constitution by Benjamin Wittes( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben Wittes argues that in coming years, biothreats--especially those emanating not from governments but from individuals--resent perhaps the most profound challenge to the Constitution and the nation's most basic assumptions with respect to security. Wittes examines the continued proliferation of bioterrorism technologies and how that will lead to a significant erosion of the federal government's monopoly over security policy, and the consequences of that erosion. -- publishers' website
Rationalizing government collection authorities : a proposal for radical simplification by Benjamin Wittes( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life of every person in an advanced industrialized country is a mosaic of digital information stored on public and private computer servers around the world. Most of the tiles of your own personal mosaic do not reside in your hands. They consist of the electronic fingerprints you leave with increasing frequency over the course of your day-to-day life on computers controlled by third parties. Yet our mosaics are composed largely of information that receive dramatically less protection in law and custom than do our homes, cars, and effects. Each individual's mosaic, composed, as it is, of the transactions and data that make up his life, is itself only a single tile in the much larger mosaic that makes up modern society and its behavior. That larger meta-mosaic too is being stored, retained, and constantly processed by government, companies, and individuals. The use of the mosaic often works for the individual's own protection, to keep terrorists off of airplanes and to keep credit cards safe from identity thieves, but it can also turn against the individual. The mosaics of non-terrorists keep them off airplanes and out of jobs, for example, and prevent them from getting credit or other benefits. As a society, we have yet to write coherent or sensible rules governing either a person's own mosaic or the super-mosaic, which constitutes the richest portrait of the collective behavior of a culture ever assembled in the history of the world. We tend to think about mosaic data in terms of privacy, but this vocabulary does not work well. Much of the material that makes up a person's mosaic involves records of events that take place in public, not in private. Only a small fraction of the information in any individual's mosaic is plausibly protected by the Fourth Amendment. Much of it, by contrast, is not protected by any law at all. In this paper, we look at one corner of the problem of regulating the mosaic, the problem of access by government investigators to individuals' personal data stored in the hands of third parties
Tools and tradeoffs : confronting U.S. citizen terrorist suspects abroad by Daniel Byman( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this report the authors profile Anwar Awlaki and other suspected American terrorists who joined the jihadist cause from abroad, and they examine several distinct approaches the U.S. government can use to confront the threat of these U.S. citizen terrorist suspects. For policymakers, the presence of American jihadists in foreign countries presents several tricky policy problems compared with similar foreign terrorists. In this paper, we explore the costs and benefits of several distinct approaches available to the U.S. government in confronting the threat of Americans fighting jihad against the United States from abroad. Also within this paper, we catalog the American citizens abroad who have joined the jihadist cause and operated overseas, focusing on those Americans who traveled overseas to join the enemy and have not attempted to return. Much of the U.S. effort against Americans involved in jihadist activity abroad is quite robust. However, the U.S. approach leaves considerable gaps, particularly regarding Americans involved in pro-Al Qaeda propaganda and recruitment. On some issues, particularly killing suspected American terrorists, outside oversight of executive conduct is thin, leading to the potential for abuse of power. Regarding drone strikes, as long as the number of Americans targeted with lethal force remains low, we argue that leaving targeting questions entirely in executive hands makes sense. The argument for a more formal, prescribed oversight mechanism becomes stronger to the extent the activity becomes more common
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Law and the long war : the future of justice in the age of terror
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Constitution 3.0 : freedom and technological changeStarr : a reassessmentLegislating the war on terror : an agenda for reformDetention and denial : the case for candor after GuantánamoConfirmation wars : preserving independent courts in angry times