9/11 10 Years Later: Navigating the Post-9/11 World

Policy Forum: Chasing Criminals vs. Chasing Terrorists: Comparing Investigation Standards and Criminal Procedures in the Post-9/11 World – Reflections on the Patriot Act

Thursday, October 20th — 4-5:30pm

Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government
411 State St., Albany, NY 12203
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One of the most important outcomes of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, has been the ways and means available for stopping terrorist acts.  Prior to the 9/11 attacks investigating suspected terrorists and interdicting potential acts was largely akin to other investigations of suspected criminals, especially when those investigations occurred on US soil or involved US citizens.  Subsequent to the 9/11 attacks, Congress passed the Patriot Act. It was intended to greatly aid the nation's "war on terror." The Act, among other measures, reduced certain restrictions dealing with electronic surveillance and intelligence gathering, financial transaction records, and the detention and deportation of immigrants suspected of terrorism-related acts. It also expanded the definition of terrorism.

This policy forum will provide an opportunity for participants to consider these and other related issues as they pertain to counter-terrorism efforts in the U.S., through facilitated discussions among the panelists and the audience as they relate to the forum's topic.

Our panelists are:

Rick Hartunian is the U.S. Attorney representing the Northern District of New York. The Northern District encompasses the counties of Albany, Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, St. Lawrence, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Warren, and Washington. Prior to his confirmation by the U.S. Senate in 2010, Hartunian served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for almost a dozen years, and has focused on combating drug trafficking and drug related crimes. Previously, he was an Assistant District Attorney in Albany and had a distinguished career as a private practitioner. Hartunian received his B.A. in 1983 from Georgetown University and his J.D. in 1986 from Albany Law School.

Boris Lederer, is a security specialist with over 27 years of military, government, and private sector experience. Retired from the U.S. Navy with more than 20 years of special operations expertise, Mr. Lederer has been involved in multiple combat deployments, including the Middle East, East Africa and the former Yugoslavia. His experience includes operations with the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Naval special operations forces, as well as well as national intees, DHS, and the Coast Guard. Areas of expertise include intelligence collection, chemical and biological weapons countermeasures, anti-terrorism, force protection, information security and with an extensive background in counter-terrorism. Mr. Lederer is currently involved in various projects dealing with national security and serves as a senior advisor to the National Center for Security & Preparedness. Mr. Lederer is a frequent speaker on various national, international and local security issues and resides in Annapolis, MD.

Kevin Luibrand is currently a practicing trial layer in Latham NY. For each of the past 20 years, Kevin Luibrand has been rated for his legal ability by nationally recognized Martindale-Hubbell lawyer peer rating system as AV, the highest rating under its national lawyer rating system. The rating is described by Martindale-Hubbell as "a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence". In 1994, was awarded the New York State Bar Association's Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. One award is presented in New York State annually from over 50,000 eligible lawyers. Kevin Luibrand's legal work has been repeatedly reported in national legal newspapers and magazines, mainstream national and local media including CNN, PBS, MSNBC, and the New York Times, and case reporting services used by lawyers and judges. Kevin Luibrand's has been practicing trial lawyer for 27 years, owner of Luibrand Law Firm, PLLC, and partner in the Albany-based law firm of Tobin & Dempf, LLP for 19 years. Luibrad is a U.S. Army Captain( ret.), having served as a JAG Corps attorney at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. including Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He is Admitted to practice law in the states of New York and Florida, and federal courts with jurisdiction within New York, Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island.


James Horton is an Assistant Director of the New York State Office of Counter Terrorism since 2007, James Horton spent over 21 years with the New York State Police (NYSP).  After joining the force in 1978, Mr. Horton moved up through the ranks, holding the positions of trooper, investigator and senior investigator.  Advancing to the rank of senior investigator in 1990, Mr. Horton was assigned to the Major Crimes Unit, and supervised high profile cases, including both white collar crimes and over 200 homicide investigations.  After leaving the NYSP in 1999, Mr. Horton joined the Office of the New York State Attorney General, where he became deputy chief investigator, responsible for the management and oversight of the Department of Law supervisors and investigators for 53 New York State counties. Mr. Horton has an extensive history of teaching and instruction.  During his time with the NYSP, Horton taught courses on hostage negotiation, and interview and interrogation techniques.  He also has instructional experience at the international level, having taught hostage negotiations to the Brazilian National Military Police in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and major case management at the Canadian Police College, in Ottawa, Canada. [Read More...]

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Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
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