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    Whistleblowers, Leaks, and the Media

    The editors and a contributor to the book Whistleblowers, Leaks and the Media: The First Amendment and National Security talked about the legal and policy issues surrounding the media’s coverage of national…

  • Panelists Explain New Cyber Warfare Manual
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    International Law and Cyber Warfare

    Panelists talked about the origin and process of developing the Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare. Commissioned in 2009 by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence…

  • New Technologies National Security and the Law
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    New Technologies, National Security, and the Law

    Andrew Weissmann, general counsel for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, talked about new technologies and the challenges the FBI and other law enforcement agencies face in getting private communications records for…

  • Protecting the Infrastructure
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    Protecting the Infrastructure

    Suzanne Spaulding talked about strengthening and securing national critical infrastructure against hazards such as extreme weather, cyber- and human-made threats, and physical…

  • Judge Vaughn Walker on Cameras in the Courtroom
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    Judge Vaughn Walker on Cameras in the Courtroom

    Judge Vaughn Walker spoke about the history of cameras in the courtroom. He focused on precedents set by the Ninth Circuit over the past 20 years, reaction to several highly publicized trials, as…

  • Fair Trials and a Free Press
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    Fair Trials and a Free Press

    Participants spoke about press freedoms, the administration of justice, conduct of fair trials, and challenges posed to the process by the use of new media. They also responded to questions…

  • High Profile Cases in the Digital Age
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    High Profile Cases in the Digital Age

    Panelists talked about the challenges of handling and covering high-profile cases from the perspective of judges, court staff, lawyers, and journalists. Issues included courtroom coverage,…

  • Federal Appeals Courts and New Media
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    Federal Appeals Courts and New Media

    Panelists talked about the impact of federal courts of appeals and how the new media may be changing their anonymity and their public face. Because the Supreme Court hears so few cases, the federal…

  • National Security and Privacy
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    National Security and Privacy

    John Pistole spoke about the Transportation Security Agency’s efforts to balance privacy rights with securing the airport and railway systems. He also responded to questions from the…

  • Future Surveillance Laws
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    Future Surveillance Laws

    The panelists offered suggestions for modernizing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to meet current intelligence challenges. Moderator Suzanne Spaulding asked questions. Then…

  • Law and Warfare
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    Law and Warfare

    U.S. Air Force Deputy Judge Advocate General Charles Dunlap delivered the keynote address, titled “Lawfare and Warfare,” at the 17th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law…

  • Justice Department National Security Efforts
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    Justice Department National Security Efforts

    Attorney General Mukasey talked about the need to modernize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). FISA regulates the when the government must obtain a court order in order to…

  • Congressional Regulation of Intelligence
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    Congressional Regulation of Intelligence

    The panelists talked about the constitutional role of Congress in intelligence operations. Other topics included the policy issues of unilateral presidential action versus working with Congress, the…

  • Democracy and National Security
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    Democracy and National Security

    The panelists talked about reconciling national security demands for secrecy with the democratic imperative for openness. Panelists advised presidential candidates of both parties on issues such as the…

  • Efforts to Combat Terrorism
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    Efforts to Combat Terrorism

    James Comey talked about law enforcement activities and the government’s role in counterterrorism efforts in a speech titled “Finding Common Ground in Fighting Terrorism.” Mr. Comey, senior…

  • Keynote Address
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    Keynote Address

    Secretary Chertoff delivered a dinner keynote address at the National Security Law Conference. Topics included the relationship between law and national security, worldwide terrorism…

  • Civil Litigation and Terrorism
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    Civil Litigation and Terrorism

    Assistant Secretary Baker opened the National Security Law Conference with remarks on U.S. security interests and law enforcement programs to strengthen national security. Following opening…

  • Executive Branch View of National Security Law
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    Executive Branch View of National Security Law

    Panelists talked about new developments in national security, the role of the executive branch in setting and enforcing national security policy, as well as legal and constitutional…

  • National Security Leaks and the Press
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    National Security, Leaks, and the Press

    The panelists talked about the topic of national security secrets in a democracy, including leaks, whistleblowers, and the media. Other topics included classified documents,…

  • Detaining and Prosecuting Terrorists
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    Detaining and Prosecuting Terrorists

    A roundtable discussion was held on detaining and prosecuting alleged terrorists. Topics included the history of enemy detention, Supreme Court rulings, and the creation of military…

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