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March 4, 2008

Chertoff Convenes Bloggers

Filed under: DHS News,Events — by Jonah Czerwinski on March 4, 2008

Yesterday Homeland Security Secretary Mike Chertoff sat down with a group of homeland security bloggers to discuss the upcoming 5-year anniversary of the Department, accomplishments under his watch, and other topics. In what became more of a rapid fire reverse panel discussion, Chertoff sat opposite the eight of us fielding exactly one question from each person. The topics ranged from immigration modernization to cyber security to warrantless wiretaps. As usual, the Secretary enthusiastically – if sometimes combatively – took on every question with the gusto of a real policy wonk.

Rather than rehash for you the details, you can access transcript of the roundtable from the DHS website. The transcript does not name questioners, but I asked the first question on USCIS Transformation, and others in the group were Ryan Singel of Wired, Townhall.com’s Amanda Carpente, Jeff Stein of CQ, J.P. Freire from American Spectator, Counterterrorism Blog’s Andrew Cochran, and Rich Cooper, former DHS official and contributor to Security Debrief. It was a great opportunity to meet these individuals in person

Because the meeting became more like a press interview than a discussion, I believe that we could have used the time better. Actually, we could’ve simply used more time, but that’s impractical. See the transcript for the details. It gets exciting when Jeff Stein digs in on the use of intel from warrantless wiretaps. See Ryan Singel’s distillation for highlights, too.

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March 5, 2008 @ 3:53 am

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March 5, 2008 @ 6:23 pm

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March 6, 2008 @ 10:26 am

[...] CQ ran a story today commemorating the fifth anniversary of DHS by citing the roundtable Secretary Chertoff convened on Wednesday with about ten bloggers. During the roundtable and including a variety of opinions on the state of DHS affairs.  At the roundtable, Chertoff outlined the Department’s goals over the next year and fielded questions on a range of topics. Details about this gathering are available here. [...]

Comment by Vic Fichman

March 23, 2008 @ 9:25 am

Let folks know about these sorts of homeland security related and security type conferences etc., IN ADVANCE. That way we can send on questions we’d like to hear the answers to as well… it would be much appreciated!

Comment by Vic Fichman

March 23, 2008 @ 9:26 am

Let folks know about these sorts of homeland security related and security type conferences etc., IN ADVANCE. That way we can send on questions we’d like to hear the answers to as well… it would be much appreciated!

Comment by Jonah Czerwinski

March 24, 2008 @ 11:10 am

VIC –

Thanks for the comment. Please understand that this event was not public. Next time I’ll do my best to query readers about what questions interest them in advance of such meetings.

Since your comment comes about twenty days after the event, a lot has happened since. HLSWatch.com is starting a guest blog series with officials to contribute. Please let me know if there are specific contributors or topics you think should be a part of this series.

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