In The Weekly Standard, AHS speaker Gary Schmitt discusses the balance between privacy and security:
"Because we’ve lost sight of what our core civil liberties are, we tend to forget those periods in American history where getting the balance between safety and liberty was far more difficult and problematic than it is today. During previous wars, American presidents have suspended the writ of habeas corpus, ignored the authority of the courts, censored publications, compromised mail, and interned over a hundred thousand Japanese immigrants and Japanese-American citizens in “war relocation camps.” We’re nowhere near that state today."
What is the role of a National Security Advisor? Some argue that when national security advisors press for specific policy outcomes, their ability to improve the decision-making process is compromised. But AHS speaker and advisor Colin Dueck argues in Orbis that in the case of the 2006 Iraq Strategy Review, National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley was able to act as an honest broker and a policy entrepreneur at the same time, connecting existing problems to alternative policy ideas. The national security advisor must be first and foremost an effective presidential agent, if he or she is to play any constructive role.