Law School Holds “Critical Conversation” on Port Security

Posted: June 28, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Critical Infrastructure Protection Program (CIP), part of George Mason’s School of Law, will hold a luncheon and discussion of port security tomorrow from noon to 2 p.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Panelists discussing “Turning the Tide: Securing America’s Ports” include Asa Hutchinson, under secretary for border and transportation security, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and Carl Bentzel, senior Democratic counsel, Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Frank Sesno, professor of public policy and communication and senior fellow, CIP, will moderate.

Timed to coincide with the implementation of the new Maritime Transportation Security Act and the International Maritime Organization International Ship and Port Facilities Security Code, the discussion will address issues concerning preparedness for the upcoming deadline and the balancing act between the free flow of commerce against ever tightening security. Other panelists are James Carafano, senior research fellow, The Heritage Foundation; Joe Cox, president, the Chamber of Shipping of America; Philip Crowley, senior fellow and director of national defense and homeland security, Center for American Progress; and Jim White, executive director, Maryland Port Administration.

The luncheon is free but reservations are required. Call 703-993-4722.

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