The Lawfare Podcast

The Lawfare Podcast: Judge Laurence Silberman on the Birth of NSD

By Quinta Jurecic
Saturday, September 24, 2016, 2:00 PM

Last week, the National Security Division of the Justice Department celebrated its 10th anniversary by holding a major conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Judge Laurence Silberman, the intellectual and policy force behind the division's creation, spoke about the birth of NSD with Lawfare’s Benjamin Wittes. As co-chair of the so-called Robb-Silberman commission that examined the intelligence failures leading up to the Iraq War, Judge Silberman recommended the creation of the new division. And as a judge on the FISA Court of Review, he also wrote a key opinion breaking down the “wall” between intelligence and law enforcement functions at the Justice Department.

More information on the CSIS conference, including video and transcripts of panels and keynote speeches, is available here.