As a candidate, President Donald Trump repeatedly cited the fear of terrorism to threaten civil liberties. President Trump, in openly musing that torture works and trying to ban Muslims from coming to the United States, represents a complete break from past administrations—including Republican ones—in so openly and directly rejecting the foundational rights on which the United States was built. In light of this, what threats to civil liberties and human rights should we most fear in the coming years, and what are the protections against such threats?
Please join the Center for American Progress for an important discussion with four distinguished former national security policymakers to help cut through the almost hourly controversies emanating from this White House and assess the state of civil liberties and counterterrorism policy in the Trump era.
Mary DeRosa, former Deputy Counsel to the President for National Security and Legal Adviser, National Security Council
Lara Flint, former Chief Counsel for National Security, Senate Judiciary Committee
Suzanne Spaulding, former Undersecretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate, Department of Homeland Security
The Hon. Patricia Wald, former Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit; former member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
Kate Martin, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.