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World of Government Secrecy

Is government secrecy the key to protecting
our nation from terrorism—or does the
U.S. government too often withhold
information the public should have?
Few people can address this question better
than Mike Levin, who spent 46 years as
an intelligence officer with the National
Security Agency (NSA). The NSA’s mission
is to protect U.S. signals activities and to
develop intelligence from foreign signals
so as to protect the U.S. from foreign
intervention. Levin will discuss the need
for government secrecy in this endeavor
and why it is a double-edged sword.
"There is the need to protect us against
terrorism," he says, "but on the other
hand, the government owes the public
information on what it is doing and why it
is worthwhile. The difference is a fine line,
and it should be treated carefully."
In his presentation Levin will discuss
intelligence security in the context
of freedom of the press, warrantless
surveillance, leaks, the role of foreign
intelligence, NSA’s role in relation to the
CIA and the increasingly critical issue
of cyber security. He will describe the
presidential directive that specifies what
classified information is and isn’t and who
has authority to classify, and how long
information can be withheld before it is
declassified. Also, he will highlight cases
in which he believes disclosure could
have jeopardized national security as well
as times when the government might
have made a mistake in holding back
A Q&A session will follow the
presentation, so bring your questions.

Mike Levin was awarded the National
Intelligence Medal, the highest honor
given to someone in the intelligence field
by the U.S. government. He has lectured
around the country on the NSA. Levin
was interviewed by filmmakers for the
documentary Secrecy, which explored the
tensions between our nation’s safety and
our ideals as a democracy. The film won
the Best Documentary category at the
Newport International Film Festival and
was an official selection at the Sundance
Film Festival.

Call 202-364-7602 to reserve your place.


Thursday, September 19, 2013 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Sibley Hospital, Main Bldg, Level G, Private Dining Room 1 & 2
5255 Loughboro Road, NW
Washington, DC

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