Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Panel 1: Presidential power versus congressional legislation (and the role of courts) in the war on terror - webcast and podcast links

The conference sponsored by Washington College of Law, American University, and the Hoover Instititution, Stanford University, "Institutionalizing the War on Terror Through Congressional Legislation" went off very well on Monday, April 10, 2006. Tod Lindberg and I both thank all the participants.

Panel 1, a sort of loose debate on the role of presidential power versus Congressional legislation in the war on terror, was sober and carefully argued by Bradford Berenson (formerly associate White House counsel), Jamin Raskin (WCL constitutional law professor), David Rivkin (former Reagan administration lawyer and prolific writer on national security issues), Amanda Frost (WCL federal courts professor), Benjamin Wittes (Washington Post editorial writer), and masterfully moderated by Daniel Marcus (former 9-11 Commission general counsel, formerly many senior positions in government, and WCL professor). And we also had a number of very informed and thoughtful people in the audience asking questions, including Harvard's Jack Goldsmith and the Washington Post's Supreme Court reporter, Charles Lane.

The webcast can be found on the WCL server, here. (Here it is in full:

The podcast can be found on the WCL server, here. (

I strongly recommend listening to the panel - and be sure to make it all the way to Ben Wittes' extremely intelligent remarks as the last panelist.

The other two panels were not recorded at the request of a couple of panelists who wanted to be able to speak more freely than is usual, so podcasts and webcasts are not available for those panels.

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