Thursday, May 21, 2015

2015 American Bar Association conference, "Government Surveillance and Privacy: Have We Reached a Tipping Point?"

On June 11th, 2015, Gary participated in the ABA conference, "Government Surveillance and Privacy: Have We Reached a Tipping Point?".  The conference, co-hosted by the ABA Committee on Law and National Security and the NY County Lawyers' Association was held in New York, NY.  Other presenters at the conference included Dana Priest, Washington Post Investigative Reporter, Jameel Jaffer, Director, ACLU's Center for Democracy, and Robert Litt, General Counsel, Office of the Director of National Intelligence. 


Friday, December 12, 2014

Thanking General Hayden (former Director, CIA and NSA)

Gary had the opportunity to present a signed copy of 'Watchmen' to General Michael Hayden, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency.  General Hayden provided a much-appreciated Foreword for the book, which reads in part, "I see powerful echoes of what I personally experienced as Director of NSA and CIA.  I only wish I had access to this fully developed intellectual framework and the courses of action it suggests while still in government."


Monday, October 27, 2014

Book review from the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies

"His work is the first statement in what will hopefully emerge as a robust discussion regarding effective measures to deal with future leaks, particularly in the ever-changing landscape of journalism."

"The book takes great care to explain the rationale for intelligence leaks, both from the perspective of government employees who become informants and from the journalists who use the information."

"Although the topic of leaks can evince a mountain of bias and emotion from those involved in either side of the leak, Ross does a fine job of remaining objective and thorough throughout the book. He effectively assesses all involved actors' motivations and skillfully explains the process of leaks without demonizing any of them."


International Journal of Intelligence Ethics, Vol. 4, No. 1

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 winners add 'Watchmen' to syllabus for graduate courses at Princeton / Harvard

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

'Watchmen' also continues to be required reading for the graduate course "Central Challenges of American National Security Strategy and the Press" at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.  The course is taught by New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent and Pulitzer Prize winner David Sanger and renowned political scientist and professor Graham Allison.

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'.