Rivkin to speak on national security in the age of Wikileaks

American Constitution Society for Law and Policy hosts D.C. panel on government transparency and the First Amendment

Published on November 11, 2010

by Brent Baldwin

(OfficialWire)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (USA)
OfficialWire PR News Bureau

Former White House lawyer David B. Rivkin, Jr. will be among the featured panelists at a discussion on “National Security, Government Transparency, and the First Amendment” hosted by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. The event will be held Monday, Nov. 15, 2010 at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. from noon to 2 p.m.

In the age of controversial websites such as WikiLeaks, which has released hundreds of thousands of classified military documents, and the Washington Post’s Top Secret America project—the discussion should be vital to today’s rapidly changing media landscape.

The panel of national security experts and First Amendment scholars will explore the tensions, real and perceived, in a democracy between national security interests and government transparency. Among the questions to be explored: Under what rationale can government claim confidentiality for public documents? Does the Internet’s facilitation of searching large amounts of information change the stakes of aggregating sensitive documents? How are the needs of an electorate to be informed and hold its government accountable balanced against the needs of government engaged in an active conflict to keep information classified?

Other panelists include: Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington; Vincent Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights; and Jerome A. Barron, Harold H. Greene Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School and former consultant to the Senate Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities (Watergate).

The event will be moderated by Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times. Lunch will be served at 12 p.m. and the panel will begin at 12:30 p.m. Online registration is available at the website for American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

For more information, visit www.davidrivkin.com or contact:

David B. Rivkin, Jr.
drivkin@bakerlaw.com
202.861.1731
Suite 1100
1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036-5304

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