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Thursday, September 11, 2014, BRINGING WORLD NEWS TO LOCAL READERS -- AND MAKING IT RELEVANT, Paul Gullixson, Editorial Editor, The Press Democrat newspaper, Santa Rosa


7:30 p.m., Spring Lake Village Auditorium

5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa


Members, Students & SLV free: Visitors $5


6:45 p.m. Reception: Welcome Back to Spring Lake Village

Wine/ice tea, appetizers provided.


Paul Gullixson is point man for selecting syndicated columnists, including Thomas Friedman, Nicholas Kristof, Trudy Rubin, and others, who write on international issues. He also determines when to initiate local editorials on international issues, and writes many of these pieces himself.


Paul will describe what drives his decisions on how the newspaper handles world issues. He will also describe his experiences covering international events, such as visiting a safe house for girls rescued from sex-trafficking in Costa Rica -- the first of its kind in that country. Paul's reporting brought an overlooked situation to local awareness.


Prior to joining The Press Democrat in 1998, Paul was Peninsula Bureau Chief for the San Francisco Chronicle, editor of Palo Alto Weekly, and reporter and editor for the Peninsula Times Tribune. He teaches journalism at Sonoma State University and is faculty advisor to the campus newspaper.


Mr. Gullixson is a native of Palo Alto, graduated from the University of Oregon School of Journalism, and has received numerous awards for editorial and column writing. He is a 14-year board member and past president of the First Amendment Coalition based in San Rafael.



Friday, September 26, 2014, THE PARADOX OF DISCLOSURE:  SNOWDEN LEAKS AND THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE, Mark Randol, Retired Senior Specialist, Domestic Intelligence and Counterterrorism, Congressional Research Service; and Director of Counterterrorism Policy at the Department of Homeland Security.


Noon, Quail Inn, Oakmont

7035 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa


Members: $26; Non-members: $31

Reservations due 9/19


Last year’s blockbuster leaks by Edward Snowden revealed the extent of electronic surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA); specifically, NSA collected phone and Internet communications of Americans, stockpiled a huge database of telephone “metadata,” inserted “back doors” into widely-used online encryption, and tapped phones of friendly foreign leaders. 


These activities were undertaken just as they are supposed to be, in our representative democracy; they were authorized and re-authorized by law, overseen by Congress, and supervised by the judiciary, albeit a special court that operates in secret. Snowden’s leaks were illegal, but without them, how would Americans have learned about intelligence activities of significant concern? 


Mark Randol addresses this paradox of disclosure, discussing the tension between security and liberty arising from our demand that government protect us from terrorism and other threats, but also protect our privacy and uphold civil liberties while remaining transparent. Is it possible to achieve these objectives in the intelligence realm where secrets are essential?


Mr. Randol is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, with a Masters Degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University. 





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Reservations must be cut off one week before the date of the event. If your reservation is received after the published deadline it will be returned and your name will be placed on a waiting list.

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