Rabkin Takes Part in Discussion of Presidential Accountability Since 9/11

On March 21 Professor Jeremy Rabkin participated in an American Enterprise Institute and Federalist Society discussion of presidential accountability in the post-9/11 era.

Joining Rabkin in the program were C. Boyden Gray, former White House counsel; Neal Katyal of the Georgetown University Law Center; Dana Priest of the Washington Post; and Professor Jack Goldsmith of Harvard University, author of Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency After 9/11, in which he argues that post-9/11 American presidents are more accountable for their national security decisions than ever before.

In discussion, the panelists considered such questions as how real and desirable the newfound presidential accountability is, whether that accountability is consistent with the constitutional framers’ conception of the president’s role, and whether it is enough to keep a chief executive in line in today’s heightened state of permanent emergency.