"A Debate One Year after Snowden: The Future of U.S. Surveillance Authorities"

By Ritika Singh
Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 3:10 PM

We will hold an event at the Brookings Institution a week from tomorrow, which marks the anniversary of the first Snowden disclosures. Lawfare readers will be familiar with the all the participants and their insightful views on these issues. It is sure to be a robust discussion. Details and registration information below:

A Debate One Year after Snowden: The Future of U.S. Surveillance Authorities

Thursday, June 5, 2014, 2:00 — 3:30 pm

The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC

In light of the information leaked by Edward Snowden, the Obama administration declassified a large amount of information related to surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and the president called for the end of the bulk telephony metadata program. Congress has also taken up proposals to limit and reform the government’s surveillance powers. Against the backdrop of these changes, does the United States need more reform to its surveillance authorities? How much more should happen, and in which areas?

On June 5, the anniversary of the first Snowden disclosures, Governance Studies at Brookings will hold a debate on the future of U.S. intelligence collection authorities. The resolution is “U.S. surveillance authorities require fundamental reform.” Arguing in favor are Jameel Jaffer of the ACLU and Julian Sanchez of the CATO Institute. Arguing in opposition are John “Chris” Inglis, former NSA deputy director, and Carrie Cordero, director of National Security Studies at Georgetown Law. Brookings Senior Fellow Benjamin Wittes will moderate the event.

Register to attend in person or to watch the webcast.  Join the conversation on Twitter at #NSADebate.


Benjamin Wittes

Senior Fellow, Governance Studies

The Brookings Institution


Jameel Jaffer

Deputy Legal Director and Director, Center for Democracy

American Civil Liberties Union

Julian Sanchez

Senior Fellow

Cato Institute

John "Chris" Inglis

Former Deputy Director

National Security Agency

Carrie Cordero

Director, National Security Studies

Georgetown Law

To RSVP, please call the Brookings Office of Communications at 202.797.6105, or visit: