William C. Banks to Moderate ABA’s National Security Surveillance After Showden

INSCT Director William C. Banks will moderate the panel “National Security Surveillance After Showden” at the American Bar Association’s (ABA) 2014 annual meeting, to be held at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA from Aug. 8 through 10, 2014.

Banks will be joined by distinguished panelists Carrie Cordero, Director, National Security Studies, Georgetown Law; Robert Litt, General Counsel, Office of the Director of National Intelligence; Harvey Rishikof, Dean, National War College; and Alasdair Roberts, Rappaport Professor of Law and Public Policy, Suffolk University Law School.

Sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security (ABA SCOLANS), the panel begins with the observation that “[S]ince the Edward Snowden disclosures, which brought to light the National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk collection programs, the US has been searching for a balance that would allow the intelligence community to detect and thwart potential threats, while respecting the privacy rights of its citizens. In response, President Barack Obama has urged Congress to develop new legislation that will preserve the ability to quickly seek out needed information but with several new layers of safeguards in place. In light of the NSA leaks and the nature of the subsequent public debate and government response, the discussion will focus on the fundamental legal questions regarding what is at stake for national security surveillance in the 21st Century, including a discussion of privacy, foreign intelligence surveillance reform, and legislation.”

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