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​​​​​March 19, 2014: Public Hearing

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) will conduct a public hearing to continue the PCLOB's study of the federal government's surveillance program. The meeting is open to the public. The public hearing meeting is scheduled for March 19, 2014, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Location: Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20036. The meeting is open to the public. Pre-registration is not required. Individuals who plan to attend and require special assistance should contact Ms. Susan Reingold, Chief Management Officer, at 202-331-1986, at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.


​08:45​Doors Open
​09:00 - 09:10
​Introductory Remarks (David Medine, PCLOB Chairman)
​09:15 - 10:45
​Panel I: Government Perspective on Section 702 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

  • James A. Baker (General Counsel, Federal Bureau of Investigation)
  • Rajesh De (General Counsel, National Security Agency)
  • Robert Litt (General Counsel, Office of the Director of National Intelligence)
  • Brad Wiegmann (Deputy Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division, Department of Justice)
​10:45 - 11:00
​11:00 - 12:30
​Panel II: Legal Issues with 702 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

  • Laura Donohue (Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law School)
  • Jameel Jaffer (Deputy Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union)
  • Julian Ku (Professor of Law, Hofstra University)
  • Rachel Levinson-Waldman (Counsel, Liberty and National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice)
​12:30 - 1:45
​Lunch Break (on your own)
​1:45 - 3:45
​Panel III: Transnational and Policy Issues

  • John Bellinger (Partner, Arnold & Porter)
  • Dean C. Garfield (President and CEO, Information Technology Industry Council)
  • Laura Pitter (Senior National Security Researcher, Human Rights Watch)
  • Eric Posner (Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School)
  • Ulrich Sieber (Director, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg/Germany)
  • Christopher Wolf  (Partner, Hogan Lovells)
​3:45​Closing Comments (David Medine, PCLOB Chairman)

All affiliations are listed for identification purposes only.

Public Comments

The Public Comment Period has been extended through April 11, 2014. To submit comments, please visit (Docket: PCLOB-2013-0005-0085)

Video Recording

​​Video recordings of the March 19, 2014 Public Hearing are available through C-SPAN:​

Government ​Officials Panel Video​ (on C-SPAN)

International Issues Panel Video​ (on C-SPAN)

Hearing Transcript

Public Hearing Transcript​ (PDF)

Witness Testimony​

Laura Donohue
Jameel Jaffer
Julian Ku
Rachel Levinson-Waldman
John Bellinger
Dean C. Garfield
Laura Pitter
Eric Posner
Christopher Wolf