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Spywatchers: Governing Intelligence in an Imperfect World

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National Press Club

529 14th Street Northwest

Washington, DC 20045

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The world is imperfect—our national intelligence oversight is no exception. Oversight of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) is abundant: from agency or department General Counsel and Inspectors General to the Department of Justice, various internal, legal, and regulatory entities hold the IC accountable. But what happens when these oversight mechanisms fail? How does the IC react when sensitive programs are exposed to the public and their legality is debated? What role do whistleblowers have in intelligence oversight?

Please join the Schar School of Policy and Government and the Michael V. Hayden Center for a panel discussion on the legal and regulatory limits placed on the IC and how they hold IC agency members accountable. Part of the Hayden Center's Accountability of Intelligence Series, this discussion will feature leading intelligence and legal experts.

  • Michael Morell (moderator), former Acting Director and Deputy Director of the CIA, member of President Obama’s 2013 Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology, and currently a member on the Commission on the National Defense Strategy.

  • George Little, former Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and Pentagon Press Secretary, and Director of Public Affairs and Spokesman at the CIA.

  • Lisa Monaco, former Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Assistant Attorney General for National Security where she led the Justice Department’s National Security Division (NSD).

  • John Rizzo, former Acting General Counsel at the CIA, serving as its Chief Legal Officer, and Deputy Director for the Office of Congressional Affairs.

  • Mark Zaid, founding Partner of Mark S. Zaid, PC, often representing intelligence and military whistleblowers and others who have grievances against agencies of the United States Government or foreign governments.

A reception will follow the panel discussion. Registration is free but required for entry.

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Yes, you will need to show a printed ticket or the ticket on your smartphone to check in. In addition, in the days immediately before the event, we will send you a QR code. You will need the QR code (either printed or on a smart phone) to get through the security gates at the National Press Club. You will need your event ticket to get into the ballroom for the event and the following reception.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

For information on how to get to the National Press Club and for parking, visit their website: https://www.press.org/about/visit-us

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If you have any questions or comments, please contact hayden@gmu.edu.

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How can I learn more about GMU's Schar School and the Hayden Center?

Please visit the Schar School website https://schar.gmu.edu/. You can learn more about the Hayden center at https://haydencenter.gmu.edu/.

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