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September 16, 2013

‘National Security and the Constitution’ event to take place Sept. 17

Constitution Day panelists reflect on Wikileaks, cyberspying, War on Terror

Constitution Day is Tuesday, Sept. 17, and the University of Oregon School of Law is presenting a rather timely topic for discussion. "National Security and the Constitution: Reflections on Constitutional Issues Raised by Wikileaks, Cyberspying and the War on Terror" will feature panelists, and United States Constitution experts:

  • Dave Frohnmayer, Oregon Law professor and university president emeritus
  • Ofer Raban, Oregon Law associate professor and Elmer Sahlstrom Senior Faculty Fellow
  • Dan Tichenor, Philip H. Knight Professor of Social Science and Senior Faculty Fellow at the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics

The professors will reflect on some of the Constitutional issues raised by the War on Terror, including the recent Wikileaks and National Security Agency leak scandals and the evolution of presidential powers in the name of national security.

The event takes place at 12:30 p.m. in room 184 of the Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate St. in Eugene.

Constitution Day is the anniversary of the day in 1787 when the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time in Philadelphia to sign the document they created for ratification by the states.

Constitution Day was established as a law in 2004, written by the late Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia. It is to be celebrated annually on September 17. When Constitution Day falls on a weekend or on another holiday, it is to be observed on the preceding or following week.

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