VIDEO – Press Conference — Growing Up in the Shadow of 9-11

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UPDATED 8/31/11 4 p.m.

Editor's Note: Civil Beat hosted the live press conference below in our newsroom on Wednesday afternoon. Watch the recorded video below.

We're coming up to the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The occasion is a time for reflection. We believe the policy impacts of security decisions made in the aftermath of the attacks are among the topics worthy of serious consideration.

That's why Civil Beat has joined with the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii to put on a live press conference for Hawaii students journalists — but accessible to all.

We'll be asking: How does this policy legacy affect us, and upcoming generations — and who controls the future of our individual rights in a post 9-11 America?

The web-based press conference will occur from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. It will be live-streamed over the Internet at this url. Only students from Hawaii will be able to ask questions, but anybody will be able to watch and listen to the views of the panelists and the questions of the students.

UPDATE: The video below is a recording of a live interview held at Civil Beat's headquarters.

The panelists will be:

Hina Shamsi, Director of the ACLU National Security Project headquartered in New York. Hina is an attorney and an expert in the intersection of national security and counterterrorism policies and international human rights and humanitarian law. She is the author and co-author of publications on torture, targeted killing, and extraordinary rendition, and has monitored the military commissions at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.

• Supervisory Special Agent Anthony Lang, Chief Division Counsel for the FBI Honolulu Division. From 2001 through mid- 2004, SSA Lang was the Chief of the Counterterrorism Law Unit at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. SSA Lang assisted in the drafting of the USA PATRIOT ACT following September 11, 2001. SSA Lang is a member of both the Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. Bars. and a lecturer at Honolulu Community College where he teaches Evidence in the Administration of Justice Program.

• Civil Beat’s Michael Levine. Michael reports on law, crime, politics and government (with an emphasis on government transparency), and will discuss the landscape for journalists in post-9/11 America.

• Youth sharing their own takes on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, and their hopes for the future of their country. Mickey Knox, a third-year law student at the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law, will join.

• ACLU of Hawaii Director of Communications and moderator Kit Grant.

The press conference will be archived on Civil Beat, and we hope students will submit their editorials or columns based on the press conference to be published on Civil Beat on or around 9-11.

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