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The 2012 National Security Symposium was held on April 5. The conference included a major keynote address by former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. The conference also featured a discussion on cybersecurity and the limits of detention, interrogation, and trying of terrorist suspects.
THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2012
Welcome and Introduction - Audio/Video
- Vincent J. Vitkowsky, Adjunct Fellow, Center for Law and Counterterrorism
The legal ambiguities associated with the classification, interrogation and adjudication of al Qaeda members alleged to have committed war crimes continue to hamper the Obama administration’s national security policy. This confusion and the inconsistent application of laws to govern the conflict have exacerbated criticism of the U. S. approach to the war on al Qaeda. This panel will analyze, from myriad perspectives, U. S. policy and practice on these issues as we enter the second decade of the armed conflict.
- Prof. Nathan A. Sales, George Mason University School of Law
- Charles D. “Cully” Stimson, former Deputy Assistant U.S. Secretary of Defense (Detainee Affairs) and Senior Legal Fellow, Heritage Foundation
- Prof. Stephen I. Vladeck, American University Washington College of Law
- Benjamin Wittes, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
- Moderator: Prof. Glenn M. Sulmasy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy
- Hon. Michael Chertoff, Co-founder and Managing Principal, The Chertoff Group and former Secretary, Department of Homeland Security
Panel Two: Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure - Audio/Video
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cybersecurity must address complicated and interconnected threats of cyberattacks on critical infrastructure sectors, cybertheft of personal data, cyberespionage, cyberwarfare and cyberterrorism. It raises challenging practical, legal and policy issues, including what proposals would be effective, the scope of regulatory authority, the nature of information sharing and liability protections, and the preservation of internet freedom and privacy.
- Matthew J. Eggers, Senior Director, National Security and Emergency Preparedness, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Sharon Bradford Franklin, Senior Counsel, The Constitution Project
- Jamil N. Jaffer, Senior Counsel, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
- Michael Vatis, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP and former Director, FBI National Infrastructure Protection Center
- Moderator: Vincent J. Vitkowsky, Adjunct Fellow, Center for Law and Counterterrorism