The Liberty and Security Committee

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the United States has faced a variety of important questions about how to enhance our security while simultaneously protecting our civil liberties.  The Liberty and Security Committee’s work covers a variety of controversial areas, such as:

In all these area, the committee has developed and promoted recommendations to ensure that national security policies and programs include robust safeguards for constitutional rights.


David Cole
Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

David Keene
Opinion Editor, The Washington Times; Former Chairman, American Conservative Union


Stephen E. Abraham (LTC, USAR (Ret))
Attorney, private practice; Lieutenant Colonel, Military Intelligence, United States Army Reserve (Ret)

Azizah al-Hibri
Professor Emerita, The T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond; Chair, KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights

David E. Birenbaum
Of Counsel, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; US Ambassador to the UN for UN Management and Reform, 1994-96

Christopher Bryant
Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati; Assistant to the Senate Legal Counsel, 1997-99

Wendy J. Chamberlin
President, Middle East Institute; Assistant Administrator, USAID Asia-Near East, 2002-2004; U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, 2001-2002; U.S. Ambassador to Laos, 1996-1999; Director of Global Affairs and Counter-Terrorism, National Security Council, 1991-1993.

General Wesley K. Clark (USA, Ret)
Chairman and CEO, Wesley K. Clark Associates, LLC; former Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Commander-in-Chief,
United States European Command

John E. Cloonan
President, Clayton Consultants, Inc.; Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office, 1976-2002

Phillip J. Cooper
Professor, Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University

John W. Dean
Counsel to President Richard Nixon

Mickey Edwards
Vice President, Aspen Institute; Lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University; former Member of Congress (R-OK) and Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee

Richard Epstein
James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law, the University of Chicago; Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow,
the Hoover Institution

Thomas B. Evans, Jr.
Chairman, The Evans Group, Ltd.; Founder Florida Coalition for Preservation; United States Representative (R-DE), 1977-1983

Bruce Fein
Constitutional lawyer and international consultant, Bruce Fein & Associates and The Lichfield Group;
Associate Deputy Attorney General, Reagan administration

Eugene R. Fidell
Partner, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP; Senior Research Scholar in Law and Florence Rogatz Visiting Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School

Louis Fisher
Specialist in Constitutional Law, Law Library, Library of Congress

Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy
Executive Director, The Interfaith Alliance

Michael German
Fellow, Liberty and National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice; Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1988-2004

Philip M. Giraldi
Contributing Editor for The American Conservative Magazine,, and Campaign for Liberty; Fellow, American Conservative Defense Alliance; former operations officer specializing in counter-terrorism, Central Intelligence Agency, 1975-1992; United States Army Intelligence

Melvin A. Goodman
Senior Fellow, National Security Project, Center for International Policy

Philip Heymann
James Barr Ames Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Deputy Attorney General, Clinton administration

Robert E. Hunter
U.S. Ambassador to NATO, 1993-98

David Kay
Former Head of the Iraq Survey Group and Special Advisor on the Search for Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction to the Director of Central Intelligence

Christopher S. Kelley
Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, Miami University (OH)

David Lawrence, Jr.
President, Early Childhood Initiative Foundation; former Publisher, Miami Herald and Detroit Free Press

Robert A. Levy
Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute

Kate Martin
Director, Center for National Security Studies

Mary O. McCarthy
Of Counsel, Law Office of Michael R. McCarthy; Associate Deputy Inspector General, Investigations, Central Intelligence Agency, 2004-2006; Visiting Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2002-2004; Senior Policy Planner, Directorate of Science and Technology, Central Intelligence Agency, 2001-2002; Senior Director, Special Assistant to the President, National Security Council, 1998-2001; Director for Intelligence Programs, National Security Council, 1996-1998; National Intelligence Officer for Warning (Deputy 1991-1994), 1994-1996

Rear Admiral James E. McPherson, (USN, Ret.)
Judge Advocate General of the Navy, 2004-2006; Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy, 2002-2004; Active Duty, United States Navy, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, 1981-2006

David Charles Miller, Jr.
Partner, Torch Hill Investment Partners; Special Assistant to the President, National Security Council, 1989-1990;
Ambassador to Zimbabwe, 1984-1986; Ambassador to Tanzania, 1981-1984; White House Fellow/Confidential Assistant
to Attorney General, 1968-1970

Alberto Mora
Former General Counsel, Department of the Navy

Christopher J. Mustain
Senior Program Manager, Governmental Programs, IBM

Major General William L. Nash (U.S. Army, Retired)
Visiting Lecturer in Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Grover G. Norquist
President, Americans for Tax Reform

Joe Onek
Principal, The Raben Group; Senior Counsel, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (2007-2011); Senior Coordinator for rule of law, State Department (1999-2001); Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General, Department of Justice (1997-1999);  Deputy Counsel, President Jimmy Carter (1979-1981)

Norman Ornstein
Resident Scholar, the American Enterprise Institute

Deborah N. Pearlstein
Associate Research Scholar, Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton University; Founding Director, Law and Security Program at Human Rights First, 2003-2006; Clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens, U.S. Supreme Court,
1999-2000; Senior Editor and Speechwriter for President Clinton, 1993-1995

Thomas R. Pickering
Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, 1997-2000; United States Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations,

Paul R. Pillar
Visiting Professor and Director of Studies, Security Studies Program, Georgetown University; Intelligence officer (positions included Deputy Chief of DCI Counterterrorist Center, National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia, and Executive Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence), Central Intelligence Agency and National Intelligence Council, 1977-2005

Dr. Roger Pilon
Vice President for Legal Affairs, Cato Institute

Jack N. Rakove
W. R. Coe Professor of History and American Studies and Professor of Political Science, Stanford University

Peter Raven-Hansen
Glen Earl Weston Research Professor, George Washington University Law School

Hon. James Robertson (Ret.)
Neutral Arbitrator and Mediator, JAMS; U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia, 1994-2010

Dr. Nicholas Rostow
Director, Center for Strategic Research- Institute for National Strategic Studies and Distinguished Research Professor, National Defense University

L. Michael Seidman
Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law, Georgetown University Law Center

William S. Sessions
Holland & Knight, LLP; former Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation; former Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

John Shore
Founder and President, noborg LLC; former Senior Advisor for Science and Technology to Senator Patrick Leahy

Earl Silbert
Partner, DLA Piper; United States Attorney, District of Columbia (1974-1979); Former Watergate Prosecutor

David Skaggs
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP; former Executive Director, Colorado Commission on Higher Education; former Member of Congress (D-CO)

Fred L. Smith, Jr.
Founder and President, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Nancy Soderberg
President, The Connect US Fund; Distinguished Visiting Scholar, University of North Florida; Vice President for Multilateral Affairs, International Crisis Group, 2001-2005; Alternate Representative to the UN with the rank of Ambassador, 1997-2001; Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, 1994-1996; Staff Director of the National Security Council, 1993-1994

Neal R. Sonnett
Member, American Bar Association Board of Governors; Past Chair, American Bar Association Task Force on ABA Task Force on Treatment of Enemy Combatants and Task Force on Domestic Surveillance in the Fight Against Terrorism

Geoffrey R. Stone
Harry Kalven, Jr., Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago

Jane Stromseth
Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center; contributor to The U.S. Constitution and the Power to Go to War; former Director for Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs, National Security Council

William H. Taft, IV
Of Counsel, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson; Legal Advisor, Department of State, George W. Bush administration; Deputy Secretary of Defense, Reagan administration

James A. Thurber
Director and Distinguished Professor, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, American University

Charles Tiefer
General Counsel (Acting) 1993-94, Solicitor and Deputy General Counsel, 1984-95, U.S. House of Representatives

Colby C. VokeyLtCol USMC (Ret.)
Attorney, Law Firm of Colby Vokey PC; U.S. Marine Corps., 1987-2008; Lieutenant Colonel; Lead Counsel for Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadar at Millitary Commissions, 2005-2007

Don Wallace, Jr.
Professor, Georgetown University Law Center; Chairman, International Law Institute

John W. Whitehead
President, The Rutherford Institute

Sean Wilentz
George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History and Director of the Program in American History, Princeton University

Lawrence B. Wilkerson, Col, USA (Ret)
Visiting Pamela C. Harriman Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary; Professorial Lecturer in the University Honors Program at the George Washington University; former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell; Colonel, United States Army (Ret.)


Former Members

Floyd Abrams (2001-2008)
Partner, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

Bob Barr
Former Member of Congress (R-GA); CEO, Liberty Strategies, LLC; the 21st Century Liberties Chair for Freedom and Privacy, the American Conservative Union; Chairman, Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances; Practicing Attorney; Consultant on Privacy Matters for the ACLU

Eliot A. Cohen (2001-2007)
Former Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies

Walter Cronkite (2001-2009; deceased)
Former Managing Editor, CBS Evening News; Special Correspondent, CBS News

John J. Curtin, Jr. (1999-2014; deceased)
Partner, Bingham McCutchen LLP; former President, American Bar Association

Will A. Gunn, Col, USA, (Ret) (resigned May 2009)
Founder and Principal, the Gunn Law Firm; Member, 2009 Commission on the Uniform Code of Military Justice; First-ever Chief Defense Counsel, Office of Military Commissions, 2003-2005; Executive Officer, Judge Advocate General, 2002-2003; Colonel, United States Air Force (ret.), 1980-2005 (resigned May 2009 to to serve as General Counsel in the Department of Veterans Affairs)

Amy Gutmann (2001-2005)
President and Professor of Political Science, The University of Pennsylvania; former Provost, Princeton University

Asa Hutchinson (2009-2014)
Senior Partner, Asa Hutchinson Law Group; Undersecretary, Department of Homeland Security, 2003-2005; Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration, 2001-2003; Member of Congress, (R-AR), 1997-2001; United States Attorney, Western District of Arkansas, 1982-1985

Harold Hongju Koh (resigned 2009)
Dean and Gerard C. & Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law, Yale Law School; Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, 1998-2001

Fred T. Korematsu (2001-2005; deceased)
Plaintiff, Korematsu v. United States

Steven M. Lilienthal (2006-2007)
Former Director, Center for Privacy and Technology Policy, Free Congress Foundation

Thomas E. Mann (1999-2014)
Senior Fellow and W. Averell Harriman Chair, Governance Studies Program, the Brookings Institution

Joseph Margulies (2006-2009)
Deputy Director, MacArthur Justice Center; Associate Clinical Professor, Northwestern University School of Law

John Podesta (2002-2014)
White House Special Advisor, Obama administration; President and CEO, Center for American Progress; White House Chief of Staff, Clinton administration

William D. Rogers (2007; deceased)
Senior Partner, Arnold & Porter (Ret); Vice Chair, Kissinger Associates, Inc.; former Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs and Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs

John Seigenthaler (2002; deceased)
Chairman and Founder, The Freedom Forum First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University; former President, American Society of Newspaper Editors; former Administrative Assistant to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy; former Founding Editorial Director, USA Today

Suzanne E. Spaulding (resigned 2011)
Of Counsel, Bingham McCutchen; Principal, Bingham Consulting Group; former Executive Director, The National Commission on Terrorism; former Assistant General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency

James B. Steinberg (2001-2009)
Dean, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs of the University of Texas at Austin; former Deputy National Security Advisor,
1996 – 2000; former Director of Policy Planning, U.S. Department of State, 1994-1996

Patricia McGowan Wald (2002-2012)
Member, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board; Former Judge, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; former Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

Paul Weyrich (2001-2008; deceased)
Chairman and CEO, Free Congress Research and Education Foundation

Roger Wilkins (deceased)
Clarence J. Robinson Professor Emeritus, George Mason University; Director of U.S. Community Relations Service, Johnson administration


Marc Blitz (Guidelines for Public Video Sureillance)
Associate, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (Now Assistant Professor of Law, Oklahoma City University School of Law)

Linda Bosniak (Immigration and Counterterrorism)
Distinguished Professor of Law, Rutgers School of Law

Jay S. Brown (Report on Border Searches)
Mayer Brown LLP

Erwin Chemerinsky (Report on Post 9/11 Detentions)
Alston and Bird Professor, Duke Univeristy Law School

Jeffrey L. Cox (Report on Cybersecurity)
Associate, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Will T. DeVries (Guidelines for Public Video Surveillance, Report on Data Mining)
Associate, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Andrew H. Erskine (Report on Cybersecurity)
Associate, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Michael J. Gerhardt (Report on First Amendment Issues)
Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law and Director, Center for Law and Government, University of North Carolina School of Law

Juliette Kayyem (Recommendations for the Use of Military Commissions)
Lecturer in Public Policy and former Executive Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

David Medine (Classification and Controlled Unclassified Information)
Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Clifford R. Michel (Report on Cybersecurity)
Associate, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Anne Sherwood (Classification and Controlled Unclassified Information, Report on Data Mining)
Associate, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Peter Shane (Government Watch Lists)
Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law and Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies, Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University

Stephen I. Vladeck (National Security Courts)
Associate Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law



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