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May 23, 2011

ADVISORY: Human Rights First Co-Hosts Briefing on U.S. Counterterrorism Policies

In cooperation with Representative Jan Schakowsky (IL-9), Third Way, and the Breakthrough Institute, Human Rights First invites you to join us for a panel discussion that will feature a presentation of findings from a new report from the Breakthrough Institute entitled: “Counterterrorism since 9/11: Evaluating the efficacy of controversial tactics.”  Human Rights First’s C. Dixon  Osburn will address the current landscape of national security policy as the House of Representatives votes this week on a new provision in the National Defense Authorization Act the would give the President worldwide war authority. Recent events including the Arab Spring and the death of Osama bin Laden have altered the counterterrorism playing field and provide an opportunity to reexamine how the U.S. can best accomplish security for its people and allies. Meanwhile, several provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1540) seek to permanently institutionalize many of the more controversial policies of the Bush Administration. The panelists will examine the evidence for and against various counterterrorism policies and ask, which really work? WHAT: Discussion panel for the new report issued by the Breakthrough Institute on the effectiveness of current U.S. counterterrorism policies. WHEN: Tuesday, May 24th, 1:00-2:30 PM WHERE: Cannon Office Building, Room 122 WHO: Discussion panelists include: Nick Adams, Director of the Science of Security Program at the Breakthrough Institute; Suzanne Spaulding, national security consultant and attorney; Dixon Osburn, Director of Law and Security Program at Human Rights First; Mieke Eoyang, former Defense Policy Advisor to Senator Edward Kennedy and current Director of the National Security Program at Third Way. RSVP: kfourmy@humanrightsfirst.org