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Civil LibertiesHuman RightsTuesday, October 20, 2015

NSN Fellow Tobias Gibson on Sec. Johnson’s remarks at Westminister College

Tobias Gibson on Sec. Johnson’s remarks at Westminister College October 20, 2015 | THE HILL Last month, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson spoke to students at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., regarding issues such as border control and cyber surveillance and how these issues are affected by guaranteed liberties and American ideology. Johnson gave the 56th Green Lecture (the most famous lecture in this series is the “Iron Curtain” speech delivered by then-former-and-future British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1946). Johnson’s speech channeled previous Green Lectures, including Churchill’s and former President Harry Truman’s “What Hysteria Does to Us,” which was given in the early years of the Cold War…While the Obama administration has had its critics, it has largely striven to strike a balance between… Read More ›

Civil LibertiesEdward SnowdenNSAWednesday, June 19, 2013

Mieke Eoyang Quoted in Talking Points Memo on Intelligence Oversight Process

Snowden Revelations Cast New Doubts On Intelligence Oversight Process By Brian Beutler | Talking Points Memo June 19, 2013 Depending on which elected official you asked this week or last, the revelation that the NSA regularly collects U.S. phone records, and can easily access some private content like emails and chat transcripts from Internet companies, was either no big deal, an enormous shock to the conscience, or an “I told you so” moment. For most members who don’t serve on one of the secretive intelligence committees and aren’t among the four highest ranking officials in Congress, the scope if not the existence of the programs came as a surprise. Those members weren’t prohibited from receiving official briefings about classified collections programs. But even if they… Read More ›

Civil LibertiesGuantanamoHuman RightsTerrorismThursday, April 25, 2013

Can Guantanamo Wait?

A front page New York Times story today shines light on the increasingly troubling situation at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. For months a hunger strike has continued, now with 93 participants. The article also highlights the back and forth between Congress and the administration regarding the prison’s closure. While the situation remains complicated ethically, legally and security-wise, there are concrete steps that can be made to improve the situation in the near term, while moving towards closure of the prison. As the situation at Guantanamo worsens, there is a need for a renewed effort for Congress and the administration to work together on moving forward. Uncertainty and inaction drive worsening situation at Guantanamo Bay prison. The New York Times’ Charlie Savage reports: “Days… Read More ›

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