L-R Mr. Daniel J. Gallington, Speaker, Judi Demulling, DIAA President, and Marty Hurwitz, DIAA President Emeritus
DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE FORUM - 20 JANUARY 2015
Mr. Daniel J. Gallington, US NEWS & World Report columnist, and Senior Policy & Program Advisor at The George C. Marshall Institute in Arlington, spoke on “Enhanced Interrogation” Processes. He used his experience gained from working at the highest levels of government to provide an understanding of the process used to develop the policies for the Interrogation program used by the Intelligence Community. He made it clear that this was a very difficult and sensitive issue because of 9/11; the people being interrogated were not prisoners of war and no existing policies covered their status. The Intelligence Community requested DOJ provide the legal underpinning for the interrogation program; however, DOJ response was not nearly comprehensive enough to provide the needed legal foundation. The process was further hampered by partisan staffing, exploitation by terrorist/ radical groups, media frenzy, mostly uninformed foreign press, and “legislative initiatives.” Another reason he gave for the poor policy development was the control access, which did not allow for wide dissemination or critical discussions by the congress and intelligence community. Finally, Gallington said for those wanting a more complete understanding of the issues involved in this process should go online and read the rather lengthy OPR and Margolis reviews.
About the Speaker: Mr. Gallington writes a popular column on national security, foreign policy and intelligence matters for the US NEWS & World Report, and is the Senior Policy & Program Advisor at The George C. Marshall Institute in Arlington, Virginia, where he consults on projects relating to cyber security, intelligence policy and privacy. From 2003 to 2011 Mr. Gallington was a Senior Fellow and Member of the Board of Regents at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. While at Potomac he led PROJECT GUARDIAN- “Maintaining Civil Liberties in the Information Age,” a DARPA funded study that established the basic policy choices for the post 9/11 realignment of threat-related information categories for more effective situational awareness. Also, he has served at the Assistant Secretary of Defense level for several organizations at the Pentagon. In other government assignments, he served as: Chief Counsel to the National Commission for the Review of the National Reconnaissance Office and Bi-partisan General Counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. A former career Air Force Officer, Mr. Gallington served tours in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and with the Strategic Air Command. He is a resident graduate of both the Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College. He received the B.S. and J.D. degrees from the University of Illinois and the LL.M degree (International Law) from the University of Michigan Law School.
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