Your Government Is Monitoring Your Listserv

Two interesting documents from the Friday DOJ doc dump: emails between John Bellinger (at State) and a recently out-of-government Jack Goldsmith (from his Harvard Law School address), ccing Steve Bradbury (at DOJ), discussing how to find surrogates to make the government's case, after noting debates on a law professor list-serv. I have no idea where this went, and there may be no outrage here. It just creeps me out a little to find private emails being forwarded to government officials who strategize how to find other professors to push back. Maybe I'm too squeamish. Make of them what you will: