Freedom of the Press Does Not Extend To State Secrets

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Press Freedom

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Description: The First Amendment protects freedom of the press, but how do we reconcile the conflict between national security and accountability? Do we err on the side of secrecy or transparency? From the Pentagon Papers to WikiLeaks, join the debate between the need for government secrecy and the public’s right to know. PLUS: Attend the debate and see the documentary Page One: Inside the New York Times for FREE! Present your June 8 debate ticket stub at the Film Society of Lincoln Center box office to see the film free of charge. Opens June 17, 2011. *Please note that seating is not guaranteed if sold out.

  • For the motion

    For

    Michael Chertoff

    Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

  • For the motion

    For

    Gabriel Shoenfeld

    Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

  • Against the Motion

    Against

    David Sanger

    Chief Washington Correspondent for The New York Times

  • Against the motion

    Against

    Alan Dershowitz

    Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School

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    Moderator

    John Donvan

    Author and correspondent for ABC News.

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Chertoff

For The Motion

Michael Chertoff

Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009. He is currently Senior of Counsel at Covington & Burling LLP and a member of the White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group. Before heading up the Department of Homeland Security, he served as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and as a federal prosecutor for more than a decade.

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Schoenfeld

For The Motion

Gabriel Shoenfeld

Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

Is Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute and Resident Scholar at the Witherspoon Institute. He is the author, most recently, of "Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law," which questions whether the press should be prosecuted for revealing information that might endanger national defense. His essays on national security and modern history have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Commentary, where he was Senior Editor from 1994-2008.

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Dershowitz

Against The Motion

Alan Dershowitz

Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School

Is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School who has been called “the nation’s most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer.” He recently joined the legal defense team for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Dershowitz is the author of 27 non-fiction and fiction works including "Finding, Framing, and Hanging Jefferson: A Lost Letter, a Remarkable Discovery, and Freedom of Speech in an Age of Terrorism."

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Sanger

Against The Motion

David Sanger

Chief Washington Correspondent for The New York Times

Is Chief Washington Correspondent of The New York Times and a part of the team of reporters and editors in The Times’ WikiLeaks coverage. Sanger recently wrote "The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power," an examination of the challenges facing the United States at a time of global and economic turmoil. In a 27-year career at the paper, Sanger has reported from New York, Tokyo and Washington, covering issues surrounding foreign policy, globalization, nuclear proliferation and Asian affairs.

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Declared Winner: Against The Motion

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