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Friday, September 27 • 8:30am - 9:30am
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The senior judge on the FISA court on how government surveillance works

Programmed in partnership with Lawfare and the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin.

Moderator
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Benjamin Wittes

Editor-in-Chief of Lawfare
Wittes is co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Lawfare blog and a senior fellow in governance studies at The Brookings Institution. He is also a contributing writer at The Atlantic and an analyst at NBC News and MSNBC, and he serves on the Hoover Institution’s Task Force on National... Read More →

Speakers
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John Bates

Senior District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Bates was appointed U.S. district judge for the District of Columbia in 2001 and served as presiding judge of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court from 2009 to 2013 after an appointment by U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts. Bates has also served as chair of the Judicial... Read More →


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