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Dakota S. Rudesill Media Hits

The following is a list of selected media coverage for Dakota S. Rudesill. The links below will direct you to sites that are not affiliated with the Moritz College of Law. They are subject to change, and some may expire or require registration as time passes.


Nazareth Restaurant owner feels relief that White House called machete attack ‘terrorism’

February 7, 2017

Professor Dakota Rudesill was quoted in The Associated Press regarding a list of terrorist attacks recently released by the White House that are believed to be “executed or inspired by” ISIS. Rudesill, who worked in the office of the Director of National Intelligence during the Obama administration, said investigators exercise considerable caution before declaring an incident an act of terrorism.

“[T]he way that you depict something will then shape the way that you investigate it and if you’re wrong about your sense of motive for an attack, you can then be wrong about unraveling what actually happened,” he said.

National security, media professors analyze November campus attack

January 9, 2017

Professor Dakota Rudesill was quoted in The Lantern about the November attack on Ohio State’s campus. Although the FBI has not officially declared the attack an act of terrorism, the federal agency reports that it may have been inspired by the Islamic State.

“Certainly, some of the early indications do point in the direction of this being a terrorist attack,” Rudesill said.

Now, it's Trump's turn to wrestle with classified information

December 19, 2016

Professor Dakota Rudesill was quoted in The Christian Science Monitor about lingering questions over who should be granted security clearance in President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration.

“For someone in the national security field, it’s analogous to bar admission for a lawyer or a medical license for a doctor – it allows you to practice in the field, and if you don’t have it you literally can’t show up for work,” Rudesill said.

The Law Might Actually Allow Electors to Get Intel Briefing About Putin/Trump Connections

December 12, 2016

Professor Dakota Rudesill was quoted in Law Newz about a recent letter penned by ten electors to the Electoral College that requests a full intelligence briefing on any ties between President-elect Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. The electors also requested evidence from Trump and his staff advisors that they didn’t accept any Russian interference throughout his campaign.

“[A]s a general national security matter, elected government officials who do not normally get classified information – and that would include electors – and even private sector actors can be granted interim security clearances and then access to particular classified information,” Rudesill said. “It happens with some regularity in other contexts, such as law enforcement or intelligence matters involving multiple levels of government. The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) is a key actor in that interim security clearance process, and potentially so too would be the President. That is because as a matter of law and practice the Executive Branch’s classification authority and control over classified information inside the executive branch ultimately reside with the President, and the DNI is the central subordinate figure regarding both classification and intelligence matters.”

Ohio State community shaken following violent attack on campus

November 28, 2016

Professor Dakota Rudesill was quoted in an article that appeared in The Lantern about a violent attack that occurred on The Ohio State University's main campus on Nov. 28. He told the news publication that people needed to be cautious in calling this a terrorist attack before all the facts were in.

"I think people should exercise enormous caution based on only a few data points. People need to exercise caution," he said. "Even if we were to determine in some way (this attack was an act of terror), people need to be extremely cautious in linking this individual with larger groups...It’s awfully important for people to differentiate between circumstantial, which could be religious affiliation or ethnicity, and direct factors, like a statement of intent or communication with an individual involved with a terrorism group."

AEP guarding the grid against online attacks

December 21, 2015

Professor Dakota Rudesill was quoted in a Columbus Dispatch article about cyber attacks on the nation's power grid.

“The public record indicates that we’re not talking about dozens of cyberattacks on the United States on a daily basis; we’re talking about hundreds of thousands,” said Dakota Rudesill, an Ohio State University law professor who previously worked as an adviser on intelligence issues for Congress and the executive branch.

“A lot of them come from state actors, and the big state actors, other than the United States, are the Russian government, Chinese, and the Iranians are getting pretty sophisticated.”

“Shutting down the power grid or blowing up power plants could have catastrophic consequences for the economy,” Rudesill said.

Ohio State professors discuss cyber security in light of National Security Agency program leaks

October 4, 2013

Professor Dakota S. Rudesill was a panelist for a discussion about cyber security in light of recent revelations witht he NSA. Rudesill pointed out the existense of "secret law," which not even the court can hear both sides of.