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Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency After 9/11 - Event Video

Faculty Division and the American Enterprise Institute

March 21, 2012

Jack L. Goldsmith III, Neal K. Katyal, Dana Priest, Jeremy A. Rabkin, C. Boyden Gray, Lee Liberman Otis

Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency After 9/11 - 3-21-12
Running Time: 01:39:14

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?


  • Prof. Jack Goldsmith, Harvard Law School
  • Mr. Neal Katyal, Hogan Lovells
  • Ms. Dana Priest, The Washington Post
  • Prof. Jeremy Rabkin, George Mason University School of Law
  • Moderator: Hon. C. Boyden Gray, Founding Partner, Boyden Gray & Associates
  • Introduction: Hon. Lee Liberman Otis, Senior Vice President & Faculty Division Director, The Federalist Society

American Enterprise Institute
Washington, DC

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