Intelligence Gathering Subject of Lecture by Former Congress Member
March 16, 2012 – Former U.S. Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) today called for a “real debate” in Congress about the ethics and methods involved in gathering intelligence during the 30th annual Iden Lecture at Georgetown.
Harman, now director, president and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, spoke about the most pressing terrorism and intelligence-gathering issues facing the Obama Administration.
The issues included the growing threat of cyberterrorism and what she called the “blurred line” between domestic and foreign intelligence.
“Although we have reorganized our intelligence structure,” said the nine-term Congress member who sat on three major security committees. “...we still have never had a real debate in Congress or in the public square about the intersection of our values and our requirements for gathering intelligence.”
Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy sponsors the Iden Lecture Series on U.S. Foreign Policy and Diplomacy. The series began in 1976 to commemorate the late Mr. and Mrs. Iden, who provided the endowment for the lectures. Oscar Iden was a School of Foreign Service graduate, class of 1924.