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Michael Vatis: Oversight of Secret Government Programs

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Uploaded on Apr 11, 2008

Michael Vatis, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP; formerly Director of the National Infrastructure Protection Center at the FBI and Special Counsel at the Department of Defense, discusses why legislation and oversight are needed in the area of secret government programs.

On April 4, 2008, the American Constitution Society hosted a panel discussion of the state secrets privilege in light of executive assertions of the privilege and congressional consideration of legislation to statutorily define the privilege. Experts from a variety of perspectives explored issues Congress should consider as it weighs bipartisan reform legislation, including whether the state secrets privilege is being properly invoked and the appropriate balance of national security concerns with meaningful access to justice. Full video is available on the ACS website: http://acslaw.org/node/6503

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