November 15, 2010

National Security, Government Transparency, and the First Amendment


Caroline Fredrickson
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Beth S. Noveck

US Deputy Chief Technology Officer
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Adam Liptak

Supreme Court Correspondent, NY Times
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Melanie Sloan

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
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Vincent Warren

Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights
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Jerome A. Barron

Professor, George Washington University
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On Monday, November 15, 2010, ACS hosted a panel discussion at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace exploring the tensions, real and perceived, in a democracy between national security interests and government transparency. A panel of national security, government transparency, and First Amendment scholars examined these questions in the context of current controversies, such as those surrounding WikiLeaks and the Washington Post’s Top Secret America project.

The event featured a lunchtime keynote address by Beth S. Noveck, United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer; Director, White House Open Government Initiative.

A panel discussion was held from 12:30 - 2 pm and featured:

* Moderator, Adam Liptak, Supreme Court Correspondent for The New York Times

* Melanie Sloan, Executive Director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

* Vincent Warren, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights

* Jerome A. Barron, Harold H. Greene Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School; former consultant to the Senate Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities (Watergate)