Past eventInvitation OnlyResearch Event

Torturing the Rule of Law: Why the President, Congress and the Courts Do Little to Change US National Security Policy

11 December 2014 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Chatham House, London


Michael Glennon, Professor of International Law, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; Author, National Security and Double Government
Chair: Dr. Jacob Parakilas, Assistant Project Director, US Project, Chatham House



In light of the anticipated release of the CIA torture report, Michael Glennon will discuss why national security policy has remained constant in spite of political differences between each administration. He argues that the US national security apparatus has been structured in such a way that gives democratic elements little substantive control over the direction of policy. Professor Glennon will make the case that a concealed 'Trumanite network' of managers of the military, intelligence, diplomatic and law enforcement agencies set the national security agenda and that this network is largely isolated from constitutional restraints.

Attendance at this event is strictly by invitation only.