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Washington Post Carries Excerpt of Speech Published in Green Bag

The September 25 edition of the Washington Post carried excerpts of a speech newly published in the summer issue of The Green Bag, An Entertaining Journal of Law. Mason Law Professor Ross Davies is editor-in-chief of that publication, which carried the address by former deputy attorney general James B. Comey to the National Security Agency in May 2005.

Comey and other Justice Department lawyers had gone to battle with the White House after determining that portions of the NSA's warrantless surveillance program were illegal. President Bush agreed to make changes to the program after threats by Comey and others to resign.

Comey's speech addressed the difficulties of being a conscientious attorney within the intelligence community and the need for moral character on the attorney's part when faced with difficult choices.

A Speech About Saying No, From a Man Who Would Know, Washington Post, September 25, 2007.

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