Pistols at Dawn in Aspen

By Benjamin Wittes
Sunday, July 31, 2011, 8:04 AM

Check out the composition of this panel--which must of stressed all of Dahlia Lithwick's copious social skills to keep civil.

I haven't watched it yet, but I thought I would flag it for interested readers. The Aspen Security Forum describes it as follows:

The Rule of Law and the War on Terrorism
(McNulty Room, Doerr-Hosier Center)

This panel will explore the various legal issues implicated by the war on terrorism. What is torture? Is it legal? If not, is it nevertheless justified under certain circumstances? If so, what are those circumstances? Laying aside legality and morality, does it work? Do gentler methods work just as well, or even better? Where should the line be drawn between security and liberty, and security and privacy?

Bill Bratton, Chairman, Kroll; former Chief, Los Angeles Police Department; former Commissioner, New York Police Department

David Cole, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

Alberto Gonzales, former Attorney General of the United States and White House Counsel

Anthony Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union

John Yoo, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice; Professor of Law, University of California at Berkeley

Moderator: Dahlia Lithwick, Slate