Independent Task Force on Civil Liberties and National Security

Staff: Daniel B. Prieto, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and National Security
Chairs: Bob Kerrey, President, The New School, and William H. Webster, Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
November 21, 2006 - February 6, 2009

Chaired by former Nebraska Senator and Governor Bob Kerrey and former Director of the CIA and FBI William H. Webster, the Task Force will address how to maintain America's longstanding democratic traditions while protecting against real and serious threats. Council member Daniel B. Prieto, vice president for Homeland Security and Intelligence at IBM Corporation, will direct the project.

Comprised of roughly two dozen national security and human rights experts, the Task Force aims to craft a set of recommendations for the country's mid- to long-term national security policy, addressing a range of issues including congressional and judicial oversight, secrecy and the free exchange of information, and privacy in a world of increased surveillance.