Drones and Domestic Surveillance


Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)(Invited)

Zoe Lofgren is the U.S. Representative for California's 19th congressional district, serving in Congress since 1995. B.A., Political Science, Stanford University, 1970; J.D., cum laude, University of Santa Clara School of Law, 1975. Congresswoman Lofgren served as Staff Assistant to her predecessor, Congressman Don Edwards, 1970-1978; Worked on impeachment proceedings, the Equal Rights Amendment, and creation of the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge in the South San Francisco Bay. She previously practiced immigration law as a partner in the firm of Webber & Lofgren (1978-1980), taught immigration law at University of Santa Clara School of Law (1977-1980), and served on Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (1981-1994).

Representative Ted Poe (R-TX)

Press Statement

In his fifth term, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-2) serves on the House Judiciary Committee. He has long focused on the issue of unmanned aerial vehicles, and in 2012, he hosted a Judiciary Committee Field Forum entitled “Domestic Drones: What are the Limits?” in Houston, Texas that brought together academia, law enforcement, and industry. In the 112th Congress, he introduced H.R. 6199, the Preserving American Privacy Act, to put sensible limitations on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, and he is currently working to re-introduce an updated version of this legislation in the 113th Congress.

Prior to coming to Congress, Congressman Poe served as a criminal court judge for 22 years and as a prosecutor for 8 years where he became the chief felony prosecutor and never lost a jury trial.

Michael Huerta, Administrator (Federal Aviation Administration) (Invited)

Michael P. Huerta is the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. He was sworn-in to this office on January 9, 2013. Huerta is responsible for the safety and efficiency of the largest aerospace system in the world. He oversees a $15.9 billion dollar budget, over 47,000 employees and is focused on ensuring the agency and its employees are the best prepared and trained professionals to meet the growing demands and requirements of the industry. Huerta also oversees the FAA's multi-billion dollar NextGen air traffic control modernization program as the United States shifts from ground-based radar to state-of-the-art satellite technology. Huerta was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the FAA's Deputy Administrator on June 23, 2010. On January 1, 2013 the United States Senate unanimously confirmed President Obama’s nomination of Huerta for a 5-year term as FAA Administrator.

Laura Donohue, Associate Professor of Law (Georgetown Law School)

Laura K. Donohue is a Professor of Law at Georgetown Law and a Faculty Affiliate of Georgetown’s Center on National Security and the Law. She writes on the history of national security and counterterrorist law in the United States and United Kingdom. Her most recent book, The Cost of Counterterrorism: Power, Politics, and Liberty (Cambridge University Press, April 2008) analyzes the impact of American and British counterterrorist law on life, liberty, property, privacy, and free speech. She is currently writing a book on the history of national security law. Her articles focus on biometric identification; state secrets; surveillance, data collection, and analysis; extended detention and interrogation; antiterrorist finance and material support; biological weapons; scientific speech; and the history of quarantine law.

Professor Donohue has held fellowships at Stanford Law School’s Center for Constitutional Law, Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she was a Fellow in the International Security Program as well as the Executive Session for Domestic Preparedness. In 2001 the Carnegie Corporation named her to its Scholars Program, funding the project, Security and Freedom in the Face of Terrorism. She took up the award at Stanford, where she taught in the Departments of History and Political Science and directed a project for the United States Departments of Justice and State and, later, Homeland Security, on mass-casualty terrorist incidents. In 2008–09 she clerked for Judge John T. Noonan, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Professor Donohue is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an Advisory Board Member of the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security, and an Advisory Board Member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). She obtained her AB in Philosophy (with Honors) from Dartmouth College, her MA in Peace Studies (with Distinction) from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, her JD (with Distinction) from Stanford Law School, and her PhD in History from the University of Cambridge, England.

Orin Kerr, Professor of Law (George Washington University Law School)

Orin Kerr is the Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School. He teaches and writes in the area of surveillance law, with a special emphasis on the Fourth Amendment.

Julian Sanchez, Research Fellow (CATO)

Julian Sanchez is a research fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute who focuses on government surveillance and the intersection of technology and civil liberties. His work has appeared in publications running the gamut from The Nation to National Review. Prior to joining Cato, Julian was the Washington Editor for the technology news site Ars Technica, and before that a blogger for The Economist and a writer for Reason Magazine, where he remains a contributing editor. He studies philosophy and political science at New York University.

Bruce Schneier, Author and Chief Technology Security Officer (BT Counterpane)

Bruce Schneier is the Chief Technology Security Officer of BT Counterpane, the world leader in Managed Security Monitoring. Counterpane provides security monitoring services to Fortune 2000 companies worldwide. He is the author of seven books on security and cryptography, including his most recent book, Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World. His first book, Applied Cryptography, has sold over 150,000 copies and is the definitive work in the field. Schneier designed the Blowfish and Twofish encryption algorithms, and writes the influential "Crypto-Gram" monthly newsletter. He is a frequent lecturer on computer security and cryptography.

Amie Stepanovich, Associate Litigation Counsel (Electronic Privacy Information Center)

Amie Stepanovich is legal counsel at EPIC. Her work includes issues of national security, government surveillance, digital identity and security, international privacy, and open government. Ms. Stepanovich lead's EPIC's work on drone surveillance and has testified in front of Congress on the need for privacy protections for domestic drone use. She has discussed the privacy implications of surveillance at many prominent events, including the Internet Governance Forum (US), the General Assembly of the Atlantic Treaty Association, and the Dialouge on Diversity conference. Ms. Stepanovich is also the moderator for #PrivChat, a weekly Twitter-based privacy discussion.

Gretchen West, Executive Vice President (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International)

Gretchen West serves as AUVSI's Executive Vice President, overseeing AUVSI's government relations and advocacy efforts for the unmanned systems industry, which encompasses ground, maritime, and air domains. Most recently, Ms. West and her team and AUVSI have been at the forefront of advocating for the safe, timely, and responsible integration of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System. She also serves as the AUVSI oberver on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) UAS Study Group, which is tasked with creating a roadmap for the global integration of UAS. Among her other AUVSI responsibilities, Ms. West oversees the association's global business development initatives and international growth strategy. Ms. West began her work with AUVSI as the Marketing and Communications Manager, and, during her tenure at AUVSI, has overseen virtually every other function of the international association. Prior to joining AUVSI, Ms. West held various consulting positions at APCO Worldwide, Ernst & Young, and Smith, Bucklin, and Associates, an association management firm. Ms. West has an MBA from the George Washington University and a BAin leadership studies from the University of Richmond.