[govinfo] INVITE - DC event: CLASSIFIED: Ensuring Congressional Access to National Security Information

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  • Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2007 18:35:57 -0400



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Please join OpenTheGovernment.org and the Center for American Progress for a 
special presentation:        


Ensuring         Congressional Access to National Security Information        

Featured Speaker:
Congresswoman Jane Harman         (D-CA)

Featured Panelists: 
Steven Aftergood,         Senior Research Analyst and Director of the Project 
on Government Secrecy         at the Federation of American Scientists
Eleanor Hill, former         Staff Director of the Joint Congressional Inquiry 
on the terrorist attacks         of September 11, 2001 and former Inspector 
General of the Department of         Defense 
Eric Lichtblau, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter on         federal law 
enforcement and national security issues for the New York         Times
Suzanne Spaulding, former Democratic Staff Director         for the House 
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and former         Assistant General 
Counsel for the Central Intelligence Agency         

Moderated by:
Mark Agrast, Senior Fellow, Center for         American ProgressThe 
Constitution gives Congress broad authority to         oversee and investigate 
the activities of the executive branch. If         Congress is to carry out 
that authority, it must have access to many kinds         of government 
information, including classified or sensitive national         security 
information which government agencies may be reluctant to reveal.        

How do Congress and the executive branch strike a proper balance         
between the congressional need to have such information and the         
government's duty to protect it? What options does Congress have when the       
  government refuses to provide the information it requests? When is it         
appropriate for Congress to make national security information available        
 to the public and the press?        

Please join the Center for American Progress and OpenTheGovernment.org         
for an address by The Honorable Jane Harman (D-CA), Chair of the House         
Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information-Sharing and         
Terrorism Risk Assessment and former Ranking Member of the House Permanent      
   Select Committee on Intelligence, who will discuss the importance of         
national security information to Congress and current efforts by the         
Administration to resist providing it.         

Following Rep. Harman's remarks, a distinguished panel of experts will         
examine the means by which Congress obtains and makes use of national         
security information in performing its oversight and investigative         

Friday, March 30, 2007
Program: 12:30pm to         2:00pm
Admission is free.         

Lunch will be served at noon.        

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BiographiesCongresswoman         Jane Harman is a leading congressional expert 
on terrorism, homeland         security, and foreign affairs. Now in her 
seventh term, Rep. Harman was         first elected in 1992 to represent 
California's 36th Congressional         district in Los Angeles' South Bay.     

In 2006, Rep. Harman completed eight years of service on the House         
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence?the final four as Ranking         
Member?where she played a lead role in the creation and passage of the         
Intelligence Reform Act of 2004. She was a familiar voice and frequent         
Administration critic on Iraq post-war policy and the need for a legal         
framework for post 9/11 policy on detentions, interrogations, and the         
government's surveillance of American citizens. In the 110th Congress,         
Harman remains a senior member of the Homeland Security Committee and is        
 Chair of its Intelligence, Information-Sharing & Terrorism Risk         
Assessment Subcommittee. She also serves on the Energy and Commerce         

Prior to her election to Congress, Rep. Harman worked as an attorney,         
served as deputy secretary to the Cabinet in the Carter White House, and        
 served as special counsel to the Department of Defense. She began her         
career on Capitol Hill as chief counsel and staff director for the Senate       
  Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights.         

Steven Aftergood is a senior research analyst at the Federation         of 
American Scientists. He directs the FAS Project on Government Secrecy,         
which works to reduce the scope of government secrecy and to promote         
reform of official secrecy practices.         

He writes Secrecy News, an email         newsletter (and blog)         which 
reports on new developments in secrecy policy for more than 10,000         
subscribers in media, government, and among the general public.        

In 1997, Mr. Aftergood was the plaintiff in a Freedom of Information         
Act lawsuit against the Central Intelligence Agency which led to the         
declassification and publication of the total intelligence budget ($26.6        
 billion in 1997) for the first time in fifty years. In 2006, he won a FOIA     
    lawsuit against the National Reconnaissance Office for release of         
unclassified budget records.        

Mr. Aftergood is an electrical engineer by training (B.Sc., UCLA, 1977)         
and has published research in solid state physics. He joined the FAS staff      
   in 1989. He has authored or co-authored papers and essays in Scientific      
   American, Science, New Scientist, Journal of Geophysical Research, Journal   
      of the Electrochemical Society, and Issues in Science and         
Technology on topics including space nuclear power, atmospheric         effects 
of launch vehicles, and government information policy. From         1992-1998, 
he served on the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the         
National Research Council.        

For his work on confronting government secrecy, Mr. Aftergood has         
received the James Madison Award from the American Library Association         
(2006), the Public Access to Government Information Award from the         
American Association of Law Libraries (2006), and the Hugh M. Hefner First      
   Amendment Award from the Playboy Foundation (2004).         

Eleanor Hill returned to King & Spalding as a partner in         October 2003 
following her service as the Staff Director of the Joint         Congressional 
Inquiry on the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. As a         member of 
the firm's Special Matters/Government Investigations Group, her         
practice focuses on corporate internal investigations, Congressional and        
 other government investigations, legislative and policy issues, compliance     
    matters, and issues pertaining to homeland security and intelligence.       

Prior to her work with the Joint Inquiry, Ms. Hill was a partner at         
King & Spalding. From 1995 through 1999, she served as Inspector         
General to the Department of Defense. She served as Chair of the         
President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency, as the co-chair of the         
Intelligence Community Inspectors General Forum, and as a Member of the         
Attorney General's Council on White Collar Crime. She was awarded the         
Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal by Secretary William         
Perry and the Bronze Palm to the Distinguished Public Service Medal by         
Secretary William Cohen.         

From 1980 through February 1995, Ms. Hill was associated with the         
United States Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. As the         
Subcommittee's Chief Counsel and Staff Director, she led numerous efforts       
  to draft and negotiate legislative proposals in a variety of areas. In        
 1987, she also served as Liaison Counsel for Senator Sam Nunn on the         
Senate Select Committee on Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the         
Nicaraguan Opposition.         

Ms. Hill is also an experienced federal prosecutor and trial lawyer,         
having served both as an Assistant United States Attorney in Tampa,         
Florida and as a Special Attorney with the Organized Crime Section of the       
  U.S. Department of Justice.         

Ms. Hill graduated, magna cum laude, from Florida State         University and 
with high honors from the Florida State University         College of Law. At 
Florida State, she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi         Kappa Phi and 
the Law Review.         

Eric Lichtblau covers federal law enforcement and national         security 
issues for the Washington bureau of The New York Times as         a reporter 
for the Times. Lichtblau was the first reporter to break         the story of 
the National Security Agency's warrantless electronic         eavesdropping on 
millions of American citizens' phone calls.         

For his work on the domestic spying scandal, Lichtblau was the         
recipient of a Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and is also the      
   2006 recipient, with Times reporter James Risen, of the Pulitzer         
Prize for National Reporting. The Pulitzer jury applauded them "for their       
  carefully sourced stories on secret domestic eavesdropping that stirred a     
    national debate on the boundary line between fighting terrorism and         
protecting civil liberty."         

Lichtblau has recently uncovered more government monitoring activities.         
The Swift story, in which counter-terrorism officials accessed the banking      
   transactions of thousands of Americans from an international database, has   
      alarmed many. The government's departure from typical practice in how 
they         acquire large amounts of sensitive financial data has stirred 
concerns         about legal and privacy issues.        

Before coming to the Times, he worked for the The Los Angeles         Times for 
15 years in both California and Washington, focusing on         investigative 
reporting, legal affairs, and law enforcement. He is         currently working 
on a book on the remaking of federal law enforcement         since 9/11.        

Lichtblau is also a guest commentator on television, appearing         
frequently on CNN, CNBC's Hardball, PBS's NewsHour with Jim         Lehrer, and 
C-SPAN's Washington Journal. He also appears         regularly on NPR's All 
Things Considered. Lichtblau has given         speeches for Cornell University, 
Syracuse University, Mensa, judicial and         academic conferences, and 
other forums.         

Suzanne Spaulding is Of Counsel at Bingham McCutchen LLP and         Principal 
of Bingham Consulting Group LLP. She is an authority on national         
security related issues, including terrorism, homeland security, critical       
  infrastructure protection, cyber security, intelligence, law enforcement,     
    crisis management, and issues related to the threat from chemical,         
biological, nuclear, or radiological weapons. She works with clients to         
develop and implement legislative strategies around these and other         

She started working on national security issues on Capitol Hill over 20         
years ago. More recently, she was the executive director of two         
congressionally mandated commissions: the National Commission on         
Terrorism, chaired by Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III, and the Commission to      
   Assess the Organization of the Federal Government to Combat the         
Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, chaired by former CIA         
Director John Deutch. She has been quoted regularly in media outlets         
around the country, offering analysis and insight into issues related to        
 national security.        

Suzanne served as minority staff director for the U.S. House of         
Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Her previous        
 legislative experience includes serving as deputy staff director and         
general counsel for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and as         
legislative director and senior counsel for Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA).       
  She has also worked for Representative Jane Harman (D-CA).         

She was assistant general counsel at CIA, including a position as legal         
adviser to the Nonproliferation Center, and also spent several years in         
private practice. In 2002, she was appointed by Virginia Governor Mark         
Warner to the Secure Commonwealth Panel, established after the attacks of       
  September 11 to advise the governor and the legislature regarding         
preparedness issues in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She received her J.D.      
   and B.A. from the University of Virginia.Mark Agrast is a         Senior 
Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he focuses on the         
Constitution, separation of powers, terrorism and civil liberties, and the      
   rule of law. Prior to joining the Center for American Progress, Agrast was   
      Counsel and Legislative Director to Congressman William D. Delahunt of    
     Massachusetts (1997-2003). He previously served as a top aide to         
Massachusetts Congressman Gerry E. Studds (1992-97) and practiced         
international law with the Washington office of Jones, Day, Reavis &         
Pogue (1985-91). During his years on Capitol Hill, Agrast played a         
prominent role in shaping laws on civil and constitutional rights,         
terrorism and civil liberties, criminal justice, patent and copyright law,      
   antitrust, and other matters within the jurisdiction of the House         
Committee on the Judiciary. He was also responsible for legal issues         
within the jurisdiction of the House International Relations Committee,         
including the implementation of international agreements on human rights,       
  intercountry adoption, and the protection of intellectual property rights.    

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he received his B.A. summa cum laude from         
Case Western Reserve University in 1978, where he was elected to Phi Beta       
  Kappa. He attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar from 1978-81, and    
     received his J.D. in 1985 from Yale Law School. He is a member of the      
   Supreme Court Bar and is admitted to practice in Ohio and the District of    

Agrast has been a leader in a number of professional and civic         
organizations, including the American Bar Association, in which he serves       
  on the 37-member Board of Governors and its Executive Committee. He is a      
   past chair of the ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities      
   and represents the section on the Executive Board of the ABA Center for      
   Human Rights. He was elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in      

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