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LBJ School town hall meeting on civil liberties vs. national security

Experts from the U.S. Department of Justice, the American Civil Liberties Union and The University of Texas at Austin School of Law will focus on the tensions between civil liberties and post Sept. 11 national security policies at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 16 in the Thompson Conference Center Auditorium at The University of Texas at Austin.

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AUSTIN, Texas—Experts from the U.S. Department of Justice, the American Civil Liberties Union and The University of Texas at Austin School of Law will focus on the tensions between civil liberties and post Sept. 11 national security policies at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 16 in the Thompson Conference Center Auditorium at The University of Texas at Austin.

The town hall meeting sponsored by the LBJ School of Public Affairs is free and open to the public.

General Montgomery C. Meigs, the LBJ School’s Distinguished Visiting Tom Slick Professor of World Peace and one of the nation’s leading military analysts, will moderate the meeting, which will consist of three presentations followed by a question-and-answer period.

Nathan Sales from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy will discuss “Ordered Liberty in the Age of International Terrorism.” Sales assisted in drafting, negotiating and implementing the USA Patriot Act, and for this he received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, the Justice Department’s highest honor.

Michael Linz, American Civil Liberties Union, Texas, will address “The Government’s Assault on Our Liberty and Privacy in the Name of National Security.”

Lawrence Sager, Alice Jane Drysdale Sheffield Regents Chair in Law, University of Texas at Austin Law School, will examine “Civil Liberties in the Dragon’s Domain: Negotiating the Blurred Boundary Between Domestic Law and Foreign Affairs After 9/11.”

This is the second of a series of three town hall meetings on unexpected vulnerabilities for homeland security organized by General Meigs and hosted by the LBJ School of Public Affairs. The first meeting took place on March 7 and dealt with computer security and cyberterrorism. Scheduled for mid-May, the third meeting will examine ways The University of Texas at Austin can contribute to homeland security efforts.

The 2003 Town Hall Meeting Series is sponsored by the LBJ School’s Tom Slick Professorship of World Peace. Endowed from the estate of the late Tom Slick of San Antonio, the Slick Professorship provides support for a continuing program of research, graduate education and public enlightenment related to world peace. Previous Tom Slick Professors have included Gunnar and Alva Myrdal and Brian Urquhart.

The Thompson Center is on the corner of Red River and Dean Keeton streets.

For more information contact: Michael Song, LBJ School of Public Affairs, 512-560-8003, or Robert D. Meckel, Office of Public Affairs, 512-475-7847.