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Speech on the NSA at the National Press Club by James Bamford

The National Civic Art Society

Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)

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 James Bamfordthe world’s leading expert on the National Security Agency (NSA), will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 16, at the National Press Club (529 14th St., NW) in Washington, D.C. on “Everyone’s a Target: How America Lost Control of the National Security Agency, and Can It be Reined In?” He will also address the so-called “smart” surveillance reforms being proposed by President Obama in a speech that the President plans to deliver at the Department of Justice on Friday; and the hearings on the NSA held this week at the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Bamford will give an insiders’ look at the NSA -- an agency created in absolute secrecy with even Congress kept in the dark -- and how it spun out of control. Bamford will also provide insight into the Snowden affair following meetings with Laura Poitras in Berlin and Glenn Greenwald in Rio, the two journalists in control of the Snowden documents.

James Bamford first revealed the massive scope of NSA’s eavesdropping in his bestseller, The Puzzle Palace, in 1982, for which he was twice threatened with prosecution. He has since written two more bestsellers on the agency and also wrote and co-produced an Academy Award-nominated documentary on the topic for PBS. In addition to his books on NSA, Bamford has written for many magazines, including The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Harper's and recent cover stories on NSA for Wired and The New York Review of Books. He also wrote a best-selling book on the war in Iraq and won the National Magazine Award for Reporting for his Rolling Stone article on Iraq.

A June 10, 2013 column in The New Yorker called Bamford “The NSA’s Chief Chronicler.” “In 1982, long before most Americans ever had to think about warrantless eavesdropping,” Alexander Nazaryan wrote “the journalist James Bamford published The Puzzle Palace: A Report on the N.S.A., America's Most Secret Agency, the first book to be written about the National Security Agency. ...He concludes with an ominous warning: ‘Like an ever-widening sinkhole, NSA’s surveillance technology will continue to expand, quietly pulling in more and more communications and gradually eliminating more and more privacy.’ Three decades later this pronouncement feels uncomfortably prescient: we were warned.”

Bamford spent the 1990s as the Washington Investigative Producer for ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. In addition, he taught as a distinguished visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and was recently awarded a Poynter Fellowship at Yale Law School.

Bamford’s cover stories on NSA for Wired can be found at: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/06/general-keith-alexander-cyberwar/all/

and http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/all/

See Bamford’s cover story on NSA in The New York Review of Books

The Empire Salon will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by Mr. Bamford's talk at 7 p.m. It is open to the public and to media coverage. 




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National Press Club
529 14th Street Northwest
Main Ballroom on the 13th floor
Washington, DC 20045

Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)

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The National Civic Art Society

Founded in 2002, the National Civic Art Society is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit whose mission is to protect and advance a beautiful and meaningful American civic realm. We do this by educating about and promoting the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism, and their allied arts. That tradition -- originating in antiquity, developed in the Renaissance, and drawn upon by our Founding Fathers -- continues today in the work of artists, architects, and urbanists whose creations embody our nation's noblest aspirations.

Through our programs and initiatives we assist these practitioners; guide decisionmakers, government agencies, and officials; and educate teachers, students and the general public in the preservation and creation of decorous public buildings, monuments, and spaces. While our mission is wide, our focus is on federal architecture and commemorative works, and in particular America's capital city, whose dignified classical buildings and plan were intended as a model for the entire nation.


 We achieve our mission by:

  • Providing expert guidance for appointments, commissions, patrons, and projects
  • Educating via lectures, symposia, debates, exhibitions, and walking tours
  • Organizing competitions, calls for plans and counter-proposals
  • Publishing newsletters, articles, white papers, and online and social media

Recent Highlights

  • Organized an Eisenhower Memorial Counter-Competition with an award ceremony at the Rayburn House Office Building at which Susan Eisenhower, the president's granddaughter, delivered remarks.
  • Published The Gehry Towers over Eisenhower: The National Civic Art Society Report on the Eisenhower Memorial, a 150-page critique of the Memorial's competition, design, and agency approval.
  • Testified to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Public Lands on "The Future of the National Mall."
  • Twice testified to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Public Lands on the Eisenhower Memorial.
  • Testified to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts (three times) and National Capital Planning Commission on the Eisenhower Memorial.
  • Sponsored a panel discussion on "Monumental Fights: The Role of Memorials in Civic Life."
  • Hosted a lecture series on "Art in the Republic."


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