On Wednesday, December 3rd, the Majority Staff of the House Committee on Homeland Security will host a series of roundtable discussions on the future of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties at the Department of Homeland Security.

The event, entitled “A Path Forward: Constitutional Protections in Homeland Security”, is sponsored by Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security. Experts from the public sector will give their views on the focus the Department should take in dealing with privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties during the new Administration. There will be a total of six panels, all listed below.

Chairman Thompson released the following statement regarding the event:

“As the Department of Homeland Security enters its first transition, it is essential that its new leadership and Congress work together to ensure that the privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties of American citizens are made a priority in the continuation of the Department’s current programs and implementation of new policies. The Department must understand that it can both preserve the Constitutional rights of the American people and maintain its mission to keep our nation secure.”

When: Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Where: 311 Cannon House Office Building

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


9am – The Road Ahead: Protecting Civil Liberties in a Natural Disaster

10am – A New Direction: Privacy Implications in Datamining

11am – The Way Forward: Privacy and Domestic Intelligence & Information Sharing

1pm – The Advancing Lane: Transportation Security & Privacy and Civil Liberties

2pm – The Changing Course: Privacy, Civil Liberties, and the Border

3pm – A Progressive Dimension: Cybersecurity and Privacy

Please follow this link for information on Moderators and Panelists.

For More Information, please contact Dena Graziano or Adam Comis at (202) 225-9978.