Brookings Institution, September 26, 2011
On September 16, 2011, President Obama’s chief counterterrorism advisor, John O. Brennan, told conferees in a keynote address at the Harvard Law School-Brookings conference (part of the new Harvard Law School-Brookings Project on Law and Security) that the United States must not let down its guard in fighting terrorist organizations on a broad front.
In “Strengthening our Security by Adhering to our Values and Laws,” John Brennan states:
In the face of this ongoing and evolving threat, the Obama Administration has worked to establish a counterterrorism framework that has been effective in enhancing the security of our nation. This framework is guided by several core principles.
First, our highest priority is—and always will be — the safety and security of the American people. As President Obama has said, we have no greater responsibility as a government.
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