Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency After 9/11

Faculty Division

Start : Wednesday, March 21, 2012 04:00 PM

End : Wednesday, March 21, 2012 05:45 PM

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Featured Speakers:
Jack L. Goldsmith III
Neal K. Katyal
Dana Priest
Jeremy A. Rabkin
C. Boyden Gray


Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency After 9/11Conventional wisdom holds that the 9/11 attacks ushered in a new era of unchecked Presidential power.  But in his provocative new book, "Power and Constraint:  The Accountable Presidency After 9/11," Harvard Law Professor Jack Goldsmith argues that while post 9/11 presidents have exercised far-reaching powers with respect to detention, trials, targeted killings, surveillance and state secrets, they have been more accountable for their national security decisions than ever before, as a result of constraints enforced by congressional committees, government lawyers, courts, and the media.  The result, according to Goldsmith, has been to preserve a balanced constitution in the face of a seemingly permanent state of emergency.  But how real is this new found Presidential accountability?  How desirable is it?  How true to our original Constitution?  Who decides?  Please join the Federalist Society and the American Enterprise Institute for a panel discussion on the book and the various questions it raises.

Join the Federalist Society and the American Enterprise Institute on March 21 for a panel discussion of Jack Goldsmith's new book.


  • Prof. Jack Goldsmith, Harvard Law School
  • Mr. Neal Katyal, Hogan Lovells
  • Ms. Dana PriestThe Washington Post
  • Prof. Jeremy Rabkin, George Mason University School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. C. Boyden GrayFounding Partner, Boyden Gray & Associates

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