Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board to Hold FISA Workshop this Tuesday

By Robert Chesney
Sunday, July 7, 2013, 4:56 PM

This will be a remarkable and interesting event, to say the least.  The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (for a quick overview of the slow process by which the PCLOB has (sort of) gotten off the ground, see here) is getting in the FISA game this Tuesday:

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Workshop Regarding Surveillance Programs Operated Pursuant to Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and Section 702 of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

July 9, 2013

Renaissance Mayflower Hotel – Grand Ballroom

1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC

TIME AND DATE:  9:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. (Eastern Time) on Tuesday, July 9, 2013.

PLACE: This meeting will take place at The Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC. The meeting is open to the public.  Nearest Metro: Farragut North/Red Line. Several Parking Garages in vicinity.

MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board will conduct a public workshop with invited experts, academics and advocacy organizations regarding surveillance programs operated pursuant to Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and Section 702 of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

SUBMISSION OF COMMENTS: Submission of comments is welcome. Please submit to:!documentDetail;D=PCLOB-2013-0005-0001

PRESS: Please contact Sue Reingold, Chief Administrative Officer, 202 331-1986,, if you plan to cover the event.


 09:00                  Doors Open

09:30 – 09:45     Introductory Remarks (David Medine, PCLOB Chairman)

 09:45 – 11:30     Panel I:  Legal/Constitutional Perspective

    Facilitators: Rachel Brand and Patricia Wald, Board Members

                           Panel Members:

  • Steven Bradbury (Formerly DOJ Office of Legal Counsel)
  • Jameel Jaffer (ACLU)
  • Kate Martin (Center for National Security Studies)
  • Hon. James Robertson, Ret. (formerly District Court and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court)
  • Kenneth Wainstein (formerly DOJ National Security Division/White House Homeland Security Advisor)

11:30 – 12:30     Lunch Break (on your own)

12:30 – 2:00       Panel II: Role of Technology

     Facilitators: James Dempsey and David Medine, Board Members

     Panel Members:

  • Steven Bellovin (Columbia University Computer Science Department)
  • Marc Rotenberg (Electronic Privacy Information Center)
  • Ashkan Soltani (Independent Researcher and Consultant)
  • Daniel Weitzner (MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory)

2:00 – 2:15           Break

2:15 – 4:00            Panel III: Policy Perspective

Facilitators: Elisebeth Collins Cook and David Medine, Board Members

Panel Members:

  • James Baker (formerly DOJ Office of Intelligence and Policy Review)
  • Michael Davidson (Georgetown University)
  • Sharon Bradford Franklin (The Constitution Project)
  • Elizabeth Goitein (Brennan Center for Justice)
  • Greg Nojeim (Center for Democracy and Technology)
  • Nathan Sales (George Mason School of Law)

4:00 – 4:10           Break

4:10 – 4:30           Open for Public Comment 

4:30                      Closing Comments (David Medine, PCLOB Chairman)