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Dianne Doctor

Floyd Abrams

James Neal

John Podesta

First Amendment Panel Cites Delicacy of Civil Liberties Post-Sept. 11

While antiterrorism legislation has received a level of support, threats to civil liberties remain a concern. Floyd Abrams, noted First Amendment attorney and William J. Brennan Jr. Visiting Professor of First Amendment Issues at Columbia, moderates the third in a series of 2001-2002 First Amendment Breakfasts hosted by Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism on Dec. 6 with panelists Dianne Doctor, news director of WNBC-TV; James Neal, vice president for information services and university librarian; and John Podesta, former White House chief of staff for the Clinton Administration. The candid exchange touches on the role of local TV news in the aftermath and delves into possible threats to civil liberties on university campuses as well as concerns about actions taken without congressional consent, namely secret military tribunals and detentions without information.

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Published: Jan 10, 2002
Last modified:Sep 18, 2002