Lifting the Veil on the FISA Court

  • March 18, 2014
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30PM

The Constitution Project and the National Constitution Center are proud to present: “Lifting the Veil on the FISA Court”

In the wake of Edward Snowden’s now infamous leak of National Security Agency documents to the press, a secret body of law—the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA)—also has come under scrutiny. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut recently introduced new bills that would ensure the FISA courts properly balance the need to protect national security with constitutional requirements to safeguard an individual’s rights to privacy and liberty. Senator Blumenthal, M.E. “Spike” Bowman, Former Deputy, National Counterintelligence Executive, Deputy General Counsel FBI (National Security Law), Angela Canterbury from the Project On Government Oversight, Alexander JoelCivil Liberties Protection Officer at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and former FISA Judge James Robertson will discuss the proposed changes in detail and why they are necessary during this compelling conversation. Jeffrey Rosen, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center, will moderate the conversation.


Sen. Richard Blumenthal, (D-CT), sponsor of the FISA Court Reform Act of 2013
* Will be presenting the keynote address.

M.E. "Spike" Bowman, Former Deputy, National Counterintelligence Executive, Deputy General Counsel FBI (National Security Law), Navy Captain (ret.)

Angela Canterbury, Director of Public Policy, Project On Government Oversight

Alexander W. Joel, Civil Liberties Protection Officer, Civil Liberties and Privacy Office, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

James Robertson, Former judge, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and a member of The Constitution Project's Liberty & Security Committee

Jeffrey Rosen, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Constitution Center (moderator)


12:00 PM - 1:30PM


National Constitution Center
Independence Mall
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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