Monday, May 4, 2015

Strengthening Intelligence Oversight: Lessons from the Church Committee, 28 May

The Brennan Center for Justice invites you to a symposium:

Strengthening Intelligence Oversight
Lessons from the Church Committee

Thursday, May 28, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
New York University - Washington, D.C.
Constance Milstein and Family Global Academic Center
1307 L Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
featuring a keynote discussion with:
Walter Mondale
42nd Vice-President of the United States
Gary Hart
Former U.S. Senator for Colorado
Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr.
Chief Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice
Former Chief Counsel, Church Committee
With Panel Discussions on Contemporary Intelligence Oversight Issues to Follow.

Forty years ago, disclosures of illicit government surveillance of American citizens led the U.S. Senate to establish the Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities, known as the Church Committee after its chairman, Sen. Frank Church. These efforts culminated in the release of 14 reports in 1975 and 1976 detailing government secrecy and abuse, and making recommendations for the creation of new oversight mechanisms.

Recent disclosures of intelligence activities, including torture and NSA surveillance, challenge whether these mechanisms are still working. This is a critical time to evaluate whether current forms of executive, judicial, and congressional oversight are effective in efficiently allocating intelligence resources; checking agency abuses; and adequately informing all members of Congress and the American public about the scope, necessity, and effectiveness of intelligence activities, to the greatest extent possible.

Join the Brennan Center for Justice for a day-long symposium dedicated to examining these critical and timely issues, where experts, advocates, and former Church Committee members and staff will discuss existing oversight mechanisms and explore possible paths for reform.

CLICK HERE to RSVP. If you have any questions, please contact Brennan Center Events Manager, Jafreen Uddin, at or 646.292.8345.

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