Counterterrorism expert Richard Clarke to keynote RIT symposium

Cyber security expert headlines ‘Balancing Security, Liberty in a Post 9/11 World’

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Richard Clarke, the presidential counterterrorism adviser following 9/11, will be the guest speaker for “Balancing Security, Liberty and Privacy in a Post 9/11 World” at the Second Annual Symposium for the Center for Statesmanship, Law and Liberty at Rochester Institute of Technology.

His talk, at 7 p.m. April 8 at RIT’s Ingle Auditorium, is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing.

“Security, liberty and privacy are some of the most important issues of our age,” said Joseph Fornieri, professor of political science and director of RIT’s Center for Statesmanship, Law, and Liberty. “And Richard Clarke is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced experts on these topics.”

Clarke, who served as National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection and Counterterrorism while in the State Department under President Reagan, became the senior White House official in charge of cyber security in 1997 under presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He later said Bush was guilty of war crimes for the 2003 invasion of Iraq and ignoring pre-9/11 attack warnings by al-Qaeda.

Clarke, who resigned in 2003, works as a consultant to governments and industry and has authored five books, including bestseller Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror.

The two-day symposium continues from 9 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. April 9 in Louise Slaughter Hall (rooms 2210 and 2240), where RIT faculty and outside experts will discuss “Public & Private Sector Roles in Balancing Security, Liberty and Privacy” and “The Academic Role in Balancing America’s Security, Liberty and Privacy.”

Day two of the symposium is also free and open to the public.

To see the list of panelists, visit the Center for Statesmanship’s website.