Center for National Security Law to Co-Sponsor Conference on Media and the War on Terror

January 9, 2003

"The Media and the War for the Fourth Freedom: Covering the War on Terror" will focus on the near-term military prospects from a national security viewpoint, a media assessment of the challenges anticipated in covering and reporting such events, and the appropriate balance between media access and the needs of national security in perilous times. To be held Jan. 16 in Washington, D.C. at the National Press Club, the event will feature keynote speaker Steve Roberts, an author, columnist, and television and radio commentator. The conference takes its title from a 1941 speech by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in which he names the fourth freedom—freedom from fear—as an essential value in American democracy.

Reservations for the conference and lunch are required and can be made by calling (434) 295-4784, or by e-mailing A payment of $25 by cash or check will be accepted for the luncheon on the day of the conference.

The conference is the joint effort of the Center for National Security Law and the Charlottesville-based Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression.

The Media and the War for the Fourth Freedom*

Covering the War on Terror

*Freedom from Fear

The fourth freedom in President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's

Four Freedom Speech, January 6, 1941

National Press Club

529 14th Street, NW

Washington, DC

January 16, 2003

8:30 - 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 - 9:15 AM

Setting the Stage

John Norton Moore
Director, Center for National Security Law

Robert M. O'Neil
Director, The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression

9:15 - 10:45 AM

Roundtable I:

The War on Terror: What Should We Expect?

John Norton Moore
Director, Center for National Security Law


Richard Falkenrath
Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Policy and Plans

Office of Homeland Security

Neil C. Livingstone, Ph.D.
Chairman of the Board

GlobalOptions, Inc.

Larry Mefford
Assistant Director for Counterterrorism

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Dennis Murphy
Assistant Commissioner, Office of Public Affairs

United States Customs Service

10:45 - 11:00 AM Break
11:00 - 12:45 PM

Roundtable II:

Military Operations and the Media: Covering the Next War

Bruce Sanford


Baker & Hostetler


Tom Bowman
Pentagon Correspondent

The Baltimore Sun

Doyle McManus
Washington Bureau Chief

Los Angeles Times

Paul McMasters
First Amendment Ombudsman

The Freedom Forum

Michael Steger

Twentieth Television/Americas Most Wanted

Evan Thomas
Assistant Managing Editor

Newsweek Magazine

Bryan G. Whitman
Deputy Assistant Secretary Defense for Public Affairs (Media Operations)

Department of Defense

12:45 - 2:00 PM


Keynote Speaker:
Steven V. Roberts

Syndicated Columnist and Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs

George Washington University

2:00 - 2:15 PM Break
2:15 - 4:15 PM

Roundtable III:

Right Against Right: Reconciling National Security and the Public's Right to Know

Robert M. O'Neil
Director, Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression


Stephanie Abrutyn
Legal Counsel/East Coast Media

Tribune Company

Scott Armstrong

National Security Archive

Peter Copeland
Editor and General Manager

Scripps Howard News Service

Colonel James DeFrank III, USAF
Director, Press Operations

Department of Defense

Leonard Downie
Executive Editor

The Washington Post

Robert McNamara
former General Counsel, Central Intelligence Agency

Mark Thompson
National Security Correspondent

TIME Magazine

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