Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by John Carlin, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the American Bar Association Homeland Security Law Institute   [open pdf - 250KB]

"We've seen changes in the nature of the threat landscape, and today I will discuss what those changes-and the government's response to them-mean for the roles and responsibilities of national security lawyers in the government. 1) In particular, I will focus on the National Security Division of the Department of Justice, the organization I am proud to represent today. Created only seven years ago-as the first new litigating division in the Department in about half a century-NSD has already evolved to face growing and changing threats to this nation. As the ground shifts underneath us once again, we are ready to continue that evolution. 2) In my career, I have been privileged to learn from some legendary public servants. They have taught me a lot about the transformative power of lawyers in our government-and the sense of duty and mission that comes with it. While serving as FBI Director Mueller's Special Counsel and, later, as Chief of Staff of the FBI, I watched as lawyers helped the Bureau evolve from a law enforcement agency into a threat-based, intelligence-driven national security organization. 3) As the transformation of the FBI reflects, it no longer makes sense to talk about a law enforcement approach versus an intelligence, or even a military, one. National securitysuccesses demand integration - putting every available tool on the table, and picking the combination that will disrupt the threat."

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