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National Security and Civil Liberties: The Basic Legal and Ethical Controversies

The first of three panel discussions at SMU on October 22, 2011, at the conference on "National Security and Civil Liberties" was concerned the basic legal and ethical controversies. The conference was sponsored by SMU's John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies and the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility. The panel was chaired by Rick Halperin, Director of the Embrey Human Rights Program at SMU, and included Mike Marchand, President of The Center for American and International Law, Robert Chesney, the Charles I. Francis Professor in Law at the University of Texas School of Law, and Kathleen Clark, Professor of Law at Washington University Law The day-long conference stimulated dialogue, scholarship, andreflection in the academy and wider community about the need to effectively and ethically pursue U.S. national security imperatives without undermining the country's historic commitment to civil liberties.

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