June 10, 2017

"America First" and Civil Liberties Last?: Implications of the Trump Administration's Approach to National Security

2017 ACS National Convention

Adam Liptak

The New York Times
Begin: 0:10

Raha Wala

Human Rights First
Begin: 4:45

Rachel Meeropol

Center for Constitutional Rights
Begin: 6:31

Stephen Vladeck

The University of Texas at Austin School of Law
Begin: 8:37

Nicholas Rostow

Colgate University
Begin: 9:39

Mary DeRosa

Georgetown University Law Center
Begin: 11:50

The Trump Administration has signaled a national security philosophy that is in turns interventionist and isolationist. On the one hand, it has committed to reinvigorating the “War on Terror,” leading to the potential for increased military adventurism in the Middle East, extrajudicial killings, unwarranted detention and interrogation of terrorism suspects, excessive use of government surveillance and religious and ethnic profiling. On the other hand, it has downplayed Russian interference with U.S. elections, declined to criticize authoritarian regimes and sown doubt about the United States’ commitment to NATO. At times, this has placed the administration at odds with the intelligence community and Congress. Can we make sense of these seemingly opposing philosophies? What are the threats each pose to civil liberties and constitutional rights? And what are the most effective strategies for combatting those threats through both litigation and public advocacy?