Monday, March 24, 2014

"The Impact of Media" lecture series

Gary joined Tom Brokaw and AOL's David Shing for "The Impact of Media" lecture series in Kent, Connecticut.
          "Adopting an overarching theme each year, the series has explored such weighty 
          topics as the U.S. Supreme Court, the current role of Russia in the world, the 
          American Presidency and the new military.  Guest speakers have included such 
          luminaries as retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, presidential 
          scholar Douglas Brinkley, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, Pulitzer Prize-
          winning author Edmund Morris and former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger 
          and Colin Powell."

Press Release

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Pulitzer Prize winner adds 'Watchmen' to syllabus for graduate course at Princeton

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Barton Gellman added 'Watchmen' to the syllabus for his graduate course on national security at Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.  The title for the course is Secrecy, Accountability and the National Security State.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Discussing disclosures with Secretary Napolitano

Gary had the opportunity to present a signed copy of 'Watchmen' to (former) Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.  They discussed U.S. media coverage of the Intelligence Community and government efforts to prevent unauthorized disclosures of classified information.  

Thursday, October 31, 2013

2013 Associated Press National Conference

Gary was invited to speak at the 2013 Associated Press National Conference in Indianapolis, IN (October 28-30, 2013).  He discussed unauthorized disclosures with AP executive editor and vice president, Kathleen Carroll during a panel titled "Is Journalism a Crime?."  Governor Mike Pence (IN), who opened the conference, took a moment to discuss the issue and request a signed copy of 'Watchmen'.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Director of National Intelligence, Intelligence Issues Speaker Series

On March 25, 2013, Gary was the guest lecturer at the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Intelligence Issues Speaker Series.  The lecture, held at the ODNI headquarters auditorium, was followed by a book signing.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

'Watchmen' added as required reading for graduate course at Harvard University

'Watchmen' was recently added to the syllabus for a graduate course at Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government.  The course, Central Challenges of American National Security Strategy and the Press, is taught by New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent and Pulitzer Prize winner David Sanger and renowned political scientist and professor Graham Allison.

Friday, November 16, 2012

'Watchmen' recognized during Senate floor debate

In a statement on the floor of the Senate today, Senator Wyden (D-Ore) cited Watchmen as "One of the best analyses I have seen of the problem of unauthorized disclosures."

"So I'm all for Congress recognizing that leaks can be a serious problem, and for doing things to show the men and women of the US intelligence community that we recognize the seriousness of this issue.  The problem, though, is that Congress can't actually legislate this problem away, and attempts to do so can have serious negative consequences.

One of the best analyses I have seen of the problem of unauthorized disclosures was a report published last year by the National Intelligence University.  The report observed that this problem has been around for several decades, and noted specifically that "The relative consistency in the number of unauthorized disclosures over the past 30 years demonstrates their persistent nature, independent of which political party controls the White House or Congress."  This report, like a number of previous reports on the subject, also suggested that because it is very difficult to identify government employees responsible for disclosing classified information to the media, unauthorized disclosures are not a problem that can be solved with legislation."

Senator Wyden made his statement after placing a hold on the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2013. Wyden objects to provisions in the Act that he believes would harm the ability of the media to report on national security issues.  He is the only member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) who voted against the authorization bill when it was passed by the Committee in July 2012.