Privacy and National Security - George Ellard, Inspector General, National Security Agency
Department:WWS Office of Public Affairs and Communications
Audience:Open to the Public
George Ellard, Inspector General of the National Security Agency (NSA), will present a public talk titled, “Privacy and National Security,” at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Robertson Hall. Ellard became Inspector General (IG) in 2007, and brought to the post a broad span of experience as a federal prosecutor, criminal defense counsel, and civil litigator. Before becoming the IG, Ellard headed the criminal practice of a Washington, DC law firm, where he specialized in conducting internal investigations, devising business controls, and advising domestic and foreign financial institutions and other business entities about compliance with U.S. criminal law and regulations. Ellard also served as counsel to the congressional inquiry into the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and was responsible for drafting classified and public reports that recommended transformational changes in the structure of the intelligence and law-enforcement communities. He also served as chief of staff to a presidential commission that examined U.S. counterintelligence programs in the wake of the most damaging espionage in U.S. history, perpetrated by senior FBI official, Robert Hanssen. Ellard was also chief counsel to Senator Biden and counsel to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime. Ellard clerked for a senior judge on a federal Court of Appeals and has been an Adjunct Professor on the law faculty of Georgetown University and a professor of philosophy.