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Ambassador R. James Woolsey

Ambassador R. James Woolsey

Fmr. Director, CIA & Chairman, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Ambassador R. James Woolsey, a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, chairs the board of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and is a venture partner with Lux Capital… more

Daniel Ellsberg

Daniel Ellsberg

Fmr. U.S. Military Analyst & Pentagon Papers Whistleblower

Daniel Ellsberg is a former U.S. military analyst who, in 1971, leaked the Pentagon Papers, which revealed how the U.S. public had been misled about the Vietnam war. In 1959,… more

Ben Wizner

Ben Wizner

Legal Adviser to Edward Snowden & Attorney, ACLU

Ben Wizner, legal adviser to Edward Snowden, is the director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, which is dedicated to protecting and expanding the First Amendment freedoms of… more

Theodore Shaw

Theodore Shaw

Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Theodore M. Shaw is a professor of professional practice in law at Columbia Law School and Of Counsel to Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. Previously, he was director-counsel and president of… more

Randall Kennedy

Randall Kennedy

Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Randall Kennedy is the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches courses on contracts, criminal law, and the regulation of race relations. He served… more

Richard Sander

Richard Sander

Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

Richard Sander, a professor of law at UCLA School of Law, has been working on questions of social and economic inequality for nearly all of his career. In 2005, he… more

Gail Heriot

Gail Heriot

Professor of Law, USD School of Law & Member, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Gail Heriot is a professor of law at the University of San Diego and a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Prior to entering academia, she practiced law… more

Edward Lucas

Edward Lucas

Senior Editor, The Economist

Edward Lucas is the international section editor at The Economist, the world’s foremost newsweekly, where he has covered the central and east European region for over 25 years. He is… more

Amb. Robert D. Blackwill

Amb. Robert D. Blackwill

Fmr. Deputy National Security Adviser under Pres. George W. Bush

Ambassador Robert D. Blackwill is the Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. He was deputy assistant to the president and deputy… more

Hina Shamsi

Hina Shamsi

Director of the ACLU National Security Project

Hina Shamsi is director of the American Civil Liberties Union National Security Project, which is dedicated to ensuring that U.S. counterterrorism policies and practices do not violate the Constitution or… more