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Adjunct Professor Harvey Rishikof Debates National Security Surveillance Practices at ABA Program

August 12, 2013

Adjunct Professor Harvey Rishikof debated the National Security Agency's surveillance practices at the ABA's annual National Security Law program on Aug. 11. 

Rishikof who teaches National Security Law at the law school and also chairs the American Bar Association's advisory Committee on Law and National Security, commented on President Obama's recent announcements that he will be modifying parts of the NSA's surveillance programs to address privacy concerns. 

Among those changes is the appointment of an advocate for privacy concerns, Rishnikof said.  Rishnikof expects the privacy advocate to serve in an inspector general type role. However, the core issue in the NSA surveillance debate is how the government monitors “the electrical footprint you are all leaving,” Rishikof added.