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SPEAKERS: Lord Carlile of Berriew & Robin Simcox
TIME: 1:30-2:30 pm, Wednesday 23rd September 2015
VENUE: Grimond Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons, Bridge Street, Westminster, London SW1A 2LW
To attend please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the spring of 2013, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden stole a large quantity of classified government files. Via select journalists, Snowden revealed how intelligence agencies were tapping into fibre-optic cables containing telephony and internet-traffic data; intercepting and storing webcam images; and carrying out alleged ‘warrantless’ surveillance.
His actions have had a profound impact. There are calls for intelligence agencies to reform and be more transparent in order to rebuild trust, with reports from the Intelligence & Security Committee of Parliament and the government’s independent reviewer of terrorism legislation both calling for significant reforms to the legislation.
However, the expectation that intelligence agencies stop terrorist attacks, cyberattacks and other forms of serious crime remains. Therefore, intelligence agencies are in a particularly unenviable position: asked to be less intrusive; more transparent; and yet, just as effective.
The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to the launch of the Henry Jackson Society report, Surveillance After Snowden: Effective Espionage in an Age of Transparency, with Lord Carlile of Berriew and report author Robin Simcox, who will address the ongoing challenges in navigating the security and transparency issues that have arisen post-Snowden.
Lord Carlile of Berriew QC CBE is a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords. A practicing barrister and former Head of Chambers of 9–12 Bell Yard, he was created a Life Peer in 1999 and was appointed UK government’s first Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation in 2001.
He was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 1970 and became a QC in 1984. He first became a Recorder of the Crown Court in 1986, and a Deputy High Court Judge and Honorary Recorder of the City of Hereford in 1996. His Parliamentary career began when he was elected Liberal MP for Montgomery from 1983 to 1988, and Liberal Democrat MP from 1988 to 1997. He was Commons’ spokesman on many subjects at various times.
From 1980 to 1982, Lord Carlile was Chairman of the Welsh Liberal Party. He was Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats from 1992 to 1997 and President of Liberal Democrats Wales from 1997 to 1999.
He broadcasts frequently on issues bordering law and politics and lectures particularly on matters concerning counter-terrorism legislation. He is President of the Howard League for Penal Reform and is a Deputy High Court Judge and Recorder.
Robin Simcox is a Research Fellow at The Henry Jackson Society, where he works on terrorism and security issues. He has written for the likes of Foreign Affairs, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times and comments in the media for the likes of the BBC, CNN, Sky News, al-Jazeera and Fox News. Simcox has testified in the US Congress on multiple occasions on national security matters.