Expertise: National security and human rights, intelligence oversight, war powers

Kate Martin is a senior fellow at American Progress where she works on issues at the intersection of national security, civil liberties, and human rights. The New York Times’ Taking Note blog described her as “an expert on surveillance and detention, and a leading advocate for the rule of law in the so-called ‘war on terror.’” Before coming to American Progress, Martin served as director of the Center for National Security Studies for more than 20 years. She frequently testifies before Congress on national security and civil liberties issues. She is also a frequent commentator in the national media and has written extensively on these issues for the past 25 years. At the Center for National Security Studies, Martin brought lawsuits that challenged government deprivations of civil liberties. She has taught national security law and served as general counsel to the National Security Archive.

Martin is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and Pomona College. Before joining the public interest world, she served as a partner at the law firm of Nussbaum, Owen & Webster.

By Kate Martin
Presidential Abuse of Power Should Be Focus of Mueller QuestioningJust SecurityJuly 19, 2019
Congress, Don’t Get Distracted: New Laws Aren’t Needed to Make It a Crime to Accept Foreign Election HelpJust SecurityJune 17, 2019
Preventing Endless War Requires Real Congressional Oversight—Not New War AuthorityCenter for American ProgressDecember 14, 2018
The Senate Can’t Hide From Debating U.S. Assistance to the Saudi War in YemenJust SecurityMarch 28, 2018
Congress must prevent government from spying on political opponentsThe HillNovember 21, 2017
There’s a Strong Case for a Special Prosecutor to Investigate Trump’s Russia TiesJust SecurityFebruary 16, 2017
The DNC Hack and DemocracyJust SecurityAugust 3, 2016
What is FBI Director Comey Doing?Just SecurityJuly 11, 2016
Drone Strikes: Key Legal Questions—Part 2Center for American ProgressJune 9, 2016
Are U.S. Drone Strikes Legal?Center for American ProgressApril 1, 2016