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Keynote Presentation
Monday, November 18, 2002, 8:30am

Thomas Blanton

Thomas S. Blanton is Executive Director of the independent non-governmental National Security Archive, http//, located at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1985, the Archive has become the most prolific and successful non-profit user of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, and has built what the Christian Science Monitor called "the largest collection of contemporary declassified national security information outside of the U.S. government." Associated with the Archive since 1986, Mr. Blanton became Executive Director in 1992. He serves as series editor of the Archive's microfiche, CD-ROM and Web publications of declassified documents, now totaling over 500,000 pages, which the Washington Journalism Review termed "a state-of-the-art index to history." His books include White House E-Mail: The Top Secret Computer Messages the Reagan-Bush White House tried to Destroy (New York: The New Press, 1995, 254 pp. + computer disk), which The New York Times described as "a stream of insights into past American policy, spiced with depictions of White House officials in poses they would never adopt for a formal portrait." Mr. Blanton has co-authored several other books, including The Chronology (New York: Warner Books, 1987, 678 pp.) on the Iran-Contra affair, Litigation Under the Federal Open Government Laws (Washington, D.C.: American Civil Liberties Union, 1993, 345 pp.), and Atomic Audit: The Costs and Consequences of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Since 1940 (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution, 1998, 680 pp.). His articles have appeared in The International Herald-Tribune, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Wilson Quarterly, the Cold War International History Project Bulletin, and other publications; and he has appeared on numerous national broadcasts including ABC News, Nightline, CNN Crossfire, PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer, and NPR All Things Considered. Trained in history at Harvard University, he won Harvard's 1979 Newcomen Prize in history, and the American Library Association's 1996 James Madison Award Citation for "preserving the public's right to know." He serves on the board of directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, on the advisory board of the Harvard Project on Justice in Times of Transition, and on the editorial boards of the Peabody-Award-winning COLD WAR television series by CNN Original Productions and Jeremy Isaacs Productions, The Radcliffe Quarterly, and the diplomatic history electronic bulletin board, H-DIPLO, among many other professional activities.

Lee S. Strickland

Lee S. Strickland is a career attorney and intelligence officer with the United States Government and has been a member of the Senior Intelligence Service since 1986. He is currently assigned to the University of Maryland as a Visiting Professor.

During his 28-year government career, principally with the Central Intelligence Agency, he has held a number of senior legal, liaison, policy, information technology, and information management positions. Other career assignments include service as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and with the Joint Special Operations Agency (JSOA). In his current assignment at the University of Maryland, he holds a joint appointment to the College of Information Services (CLIS) and the College Park Scholars Program (CPS). His teaching efforts include the development of a number of courses including Legal Issues in Managing Information and Information and the War on Terrorism. Most recently, he has written a number of articles on information and national security for both ARMA and ASIS&T.

Mr. Strickland is a graduate of the University of Central Florida (Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, magna cum laude), the University of Virginia (Master of Computer Science) where he held a National Science Foundation fellowship, and the University of Florida (Juris Doctor with honors). He is a member of the District of Columbia and the Virginia Bars.

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