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Bruce Fein is a nationally and internationally renowned constitutional lawyer, scholar, moral philosopher, and writer. After graduating from Harvard Law School with honors in 1972, Mr. Fein served as special assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice from 1973-1975. At age 26, and one day after Watergate’s “Saturday Night” massacre, the Acting Attorney General’s office tasked Mr. Fein to define in 100 pages an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor which would occasion the unprecedented resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. Mr. Fein served as Associate Deputy Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice and supervised the Department’s litigation and vetting of candidates for the federal judiciary. He served as General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission from 1983-1984, spearheading the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine as violating the free speech rights of broadcasters, and the break-up of “Ma Bell” known as A T & T into seven “Baby Bells.” During this time Mr. Fein testified during Senate confirmation hearings for presidential nominees Supreme Court Justices. In the private sector, Mr. Fein has participated in the drafting of constitutions for over 20 foreign countries. He has consulted for the U.S. - India Business Council of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and contributed a weekly column for techcentralstation.com on telecom issues. Mr. Fein has testified as an expert witness by both Republicans and Democrats before House and Senate Committees on approximately 100 occasions. He was one of the first to be consulted by the Attorneys General’s office during the Bush Administration on the warrantless Terrorist Surveillance Program that flouted FISA. Mr. Fein then testified before three congressional on revising FISA. Recently, he has written and spoken out against the NSA Surveillance abuses and continues his fight against FISA court secrecy, brought to the national conversation by his client’s son, Edward Snowden.
Mr. Fein is founder and President of the newly formed non-profit Commission on Intelligence and Foreign Wars. He is the author of Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for our Constitution and Democracy, and American Empire Before The Fall. He currently writes regular columns for The Huffington Post.
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Derek is a columnist and legal scholar on technology policy. He is recognized as a thought leader on legal issues relating to innovation. His work on technology has been published in the Washington Post, The Atlantic, Forbes, National Review, Techdirt, Wired Magazine, Cardozo Law Review, and many other outlets across the country. He has spoken at the International Consumer Electronics Show, South by SouthWest, Personal Democracy Forum, Harvard Berkman Center and Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy about technology policy. His work has been covered in nearly every mainstream outlet including in the New York Times, Slate Magazine has called him a "wunderkind" and a "rebel policy expert" for his work on innovation and technology, and Techcrunch has referred to him as a "living martyr against the entertainment and telecommunications lobbies." He has appeared on Fox Business, NBC, Reason TV and other television outlets.
He previously worked for the House Republican Study Committee where he led technology policy for over 160 Members of Congress, for Senator Scott Brown, and as part of the 2008 and 2012 Mitt Romney Presidential Campaigns. He has been a scholar with Yale Law's Information Society Project and is an incoming scholar with Princeton's Center for Information Technology. Derek spearheaded the national campaign to legalize cellphone unlocking that resulted in legislation to legalize unlocking, which has now passed committee and is expected to be signed into law. He runs his own consulting shop where he advises on technology policy and assists start-ups and technology companies dealing with legal and regulatory issues.
He also has written several articles on the topic of PRISM that are widely read within policy circles in the Beltway:
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