Elizabeth Goitein

Co-Director, Liberty & National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice

Elizabeth (Liza) Goitein (@LizaGoitein) co-directs the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program, which seeks to advance effective national security policies that respect constitutional values and the rule of law. Before coming to the Brennan Center, Ms. Goitein served as counsel to Senator Feingold, Chairman of the Constitution Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee. As counsel to Senator Feingold, Ms. Goitein handled a variety of liberty and national security matters, with a particular focus on government secrecy and privacy rights. She also worked on matters involving immigration, juvenile justice, sentencing, prisoner re-entry, and First Amendment issues. Previously, Ms. Goitein was a trial attorney in the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division of the Department of Justice.

Articles by this author:

The Biden Administration’s Disappointing Sanctions Report: What Should Come Next


Oct 29th, 2021

Congress’ Access to Individuals’ Private Communications: The Jan. 6 Committee’s Troubling Precedent


Sep 22nd, 2021

Protect Communications Privacy for All of Us—Not Just Lawmakers and Reporters


Jun 22nd, 2021

Why D.C.’s Mayor Should Have Authority Over the D.C. National Guard

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Jan 8th, 2021

Good Governance Paper No. 18: Reforming Emergency Powers


Oct 31st, 2020

A Window to Rein in DHS

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Jul 28th, 2020

The President’s Private Army


Jul 24th, 2020

ODNI’s 2019 Statistical Transparency Report: The FBI Violates FISA…Again


May 1st, 2020

Top Experts Analyze Inspector General Report Finding Problems in FBI Surveillance

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Apr 27th, 2020

Congress Is Ready for FISA Reform — Will the House Judiciary Committee Rise to the Occasion?


Feb 25th, 2020

After the IG Report: “Next Steps” for Congress, DOJ, and the FISA Court


Jan 13th, 2020

The FISA Court’s Section 702 Opinions, Part II: Improper Queries and Echoes of “Bulk Collection”


Oct 16th, 2019

The FISA Court’s 702 Opinions, Part I: A History of Non-Compliance Repeats Itself


Oct 15th, 2019

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board’s Disappointing Report on PPD-28 Implementation


Oct 24th, 2018

Americans’ Privacy at Stake as Second Circuit Hears Hasbajrami FISA Case


Aug 24th, 2018

Trump v Hawaii: Giving Pretext a Pass


Jun 27th, 2018

A Way Forward on Section 702 Queries

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Feb 20th, 2018

Warrantless Backdoor Searches are Not “Business as Usual”

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Dec 1st, 2017

The USA Liberty Act — aka Don’t Let the Constitutional be the Enemy of the Unconstitutional


Nov 9th, 2017

Closing Section 702’s Front-Door Search Loophole: A Critical Protection for Americans


Oct 24th, 2017

Don’t Be So Quick to Call Those Disclosures “Legal”


May 17th, 2017

The Constitutional Rubicon of an Assange Prosecution


May 9th, 2017