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Meet the Participants

Jake Tapper (Moderator)
Floyd Abrams
Steven A. Boylan
Max Cleland
Jack Cloonan
Chris Danbeck
Karen DeYoung

John Donvan
Stephen F. Hayes
James F. Hoge Jr.
Bruce Lawlor
Frank Sesno
Victoria Toensing
Michael Yon


Jake Tapper Jake Tapper
Senior National Correspondent ABC News

Jake Tapper is an ABC News correspondent based in the network's Washington, D.C., bureau. He contributes regularly to Good Morning America, Nightline, World News Tonight, and This Week with George Stephanopoulos, as well as ABC News's digital properties, including ABC News Now and ABCNews.com. Since joining ABC News in July 2003, Tapper has reported on a wide range of stories, including the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the investigation into the disclosure of CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity, and the debate over Terri Schiavo. During the 2004 presidential election, Tapper reported on charges by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth against Senator John Kerry and also manned the fact-check desk during ABC News's debate and election coverage. He also reported on the California gubernatorial recall and the election of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Tapper frequently reports on politics, faith in America, and the culture wars.

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Floyd Abrams Floyd Abrams
Constitutional Attorney
Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

Visiting Professor
Columbia Graduate School of Journalism

Floyd Abrams is a New York attorney specializing in freedom of speech and press issues. He is a partner in the law firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel, and has been called "the most significant First Amendment lawyer of our age." He is also a visiting professor of First Amendment law at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the author of Speaking Freely: Trials of the First Amendment. Mr. Abrams has argued frequently in the Supreme Court. He was cocounsel to the New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case and has represented ABC, NBC, CBS, Time magazine, Business Week, the Nation, the Reader's Digest, and many others. He was chairman of the Committee on Freedom of Speech and of the Press of the Individual Rights Section of the American Bar Association, as well as of the Committee on Freedom of Expression of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association.

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Steven A. Boylan Steven A. Boylan
U.S. Military in Iraq, 2004–2005

Director, Press Information Center
Iraq, 2004–2005

Lieutenant Colonel Steven A. Boylan assumed duties as the chief of strategic communication at the Combined Arms Center in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in January of 2006. Before taking up these duties, he was director of the Combined Press Information Center (CPIC) from August 2004 to December 2005 and served as the day-to-day spokesperson for the Multinational Force in Iraq. As director, Lt. Col. Boylan led the daily functions and operations of the coalition media operations and supervised 67 U.S military and Iraqi personnel, which included the Command Information, the Media and Press Desk Operations, and the American Forces Network–Iraq. He also supervised training for the Iraqi ministries and military public-affairs specialists. As the 8th U.S. Army public affairs officer from August 2002 to July 2004, he was the spokesperson for 37,000 soldiers, the Department of the Army civilians, and family members.

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Max Cleland Max Cleland
Former Senator, Georgia (D)

Max Cleland was a Democratic senator of Georgia for six years. He served in the Vietnam War where he was severely wounded, losing both legs and one arm. He was awarded the Silver Star and the Bronze Star for valorous action in combat. He was appointed as the youngest administrator of the United States Veterans Administration by President Jimmy Carter in 1977. While in the position, he instituted the revolutionary Vets Center program that, for the first time, offered psychological counseling to combat veterans to treat the emotional wounds of war. He then became the Georgia secretary of state from 1982 to 1996. In 2002, Cleland was appointed to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States to report findings and make recommendations to prevent terrorist attacks. More recently he has served as a distinguished adjunct professor to American University's Washington Semester Program and as a fellow in the American University's Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies. He has earned respect for his work in health care, bioterrorism preparedness, and homeland security. He is now on the board of directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

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Jack Cloonan Jack Cloonan
Former FBI Special Agent
Counter Terrorism Division

Jack Cloonan is a 25-year veteran of the FBI and an internationally respected security expert. Mr. Cloonan has extensive strategic knowledge and experience in the areas of investigation, crisis management, and intelligence analysis. Since retiring from the FBI, where he received commendations and awards for counterterrorism and investigations, Cloonan has served as a counterterrorism consultant and commentator for ABC News. He also has held positions as security specialist for the Exxon Corporation and, most recently, as a managing director for L. F. Stephens, where he led investigations for individuals and corporate clients in areas of due diligence, risk assessment, internal theft, global risk, and employee integrity. Mr. Cloonan is currently the president of Clayton Consultants, a global-risk and crisis-management firm that assists victims of kidnapping around the world.

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Chris Danbeck Chris Danbeck
2d Armored Cavalry Regiment
Baghdad, 2003–2004

Captain Chris Danbeck is currently enrolled in the Master's of International Affairs program at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Upon completion of this program in 2007, he will serve as professor of international relations at West Point. Capt. Danbeck graduated from Boston University in 1997 and was commissioned from the ROTC program. He was initially stationed in Fort Hood, Texas, as a platoon leader and troop executive officer, then with the 2d Cavalry Regiment at Fort Polk, Louisiana, where he had troop command. He commanded in Baghdad, Iraq, with the 2d Squadron, 2d Cavalry, specifically in Sadr City from April 2003 to March 2004.

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Karen DeYoung Karen DeYoung
Associate Editor
The Washington Post

Karen DeYoung is associate editor at the Washington Post, where she has worked since 1975. Before assuming her current position, she served the Post as assistant managing editor for national news, national editor, London bureau chief, foreign editor, and Latin America bureau chief. She has won a number of awards, including the 2003 Edward Weintal Award for Diplomatic Reporting, Sigma Delta Chi awards for investigative reporting and foreign reporting, and a Pulitzer Prize she shared with several Washington Post colleagues for national coverage of the war on terrorism.

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John Donvan John Donvan
ABC News Nightline

John Donvan is a correspondent for ABC News Nightline. Donvan was praised for his work covering the war in Iraq as a unilateral reporter, for which the Chicago Sun-Times named him one of the ten war stars. He has made several return trips to Baghdad since. During a career of over two decades, he has worked for ABC News as chief White House correspondent, chief Moscow correspondent, Amman bureau chief, Jerusalem correspondent, and correspondent for the ABC News magazine Turning Point. Donvan has won two Emmy awards, several Overseas Press Club Awards, and two CINE Golden Eagles. He has been honored by the National Association of Black Journalists, the Committee of 100, and the Media Action Network for Asian-Americans.

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Stephen F. Hayes Stephen F. Hayes
Senior Writer
The Weekly Standard

Author, The Connection

Stephen Hayes is a senior writer at the Weekly Standard and author of The Connection: How al Qaeda's Collaboration with Saddam Hussein Has Endangered America. Hayes was a senior writer for National Journal's "Hotline," and he served for six years as director of the Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University. His work has appeared in the New York Post, the Washington Times, Salon, National Review, and Reason. He has been a commentator on CNN, the McLaughlin Group, the Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNBC, and C-SPAN.

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James F. Hoge Jr. James F. Hoge Jr.
Foreign Affairs

Former publisher
New York Daily News

James Hoge has been the editor of Foreign Affairs since 1992. He has spent three decades in newspaper journalism specializing in the area of U.S. foreign policy, media issues, and international economic trends. He has served as a Washington correspondent, editor in chief and publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, and then publisher and president of the New York Daily News. He was a fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1991, a senior fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University in 1992, and a congressional fellow of the American Political Science Association in 1962. A former director of the Council on Foreign Relations, he is currently chairman of the International Center for Journalists and a director of the Foundation for a Civil Society and Human Rights Watch.

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Bruce Lawlor Bruce Lawlor
Former Homeland Security Advisory Council

Former Chief of Staff Department of Homeland Security

Major General Bruce Lawlor is a former member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) to the Department of Homeland Security. He has extensive experience in homeland-security policy formulation and operational planning, as well as homeland-security operations execution. He was the former chief of staff of the Department of Homeland Security, former senior director for Protection and Prevention, White House Homeland Security Council, and the first commanding general, Department of Defense Joint Task Force–Civil Support. The general's military service began in 1967. After service in Vietnam from 1971 to 1973, he received a direct commission in 1974 as an intelligence officer. He also served as brigade commander, 86th Brigade; special assistant, Supreme Allied Commander Europe; and assistant division commander, 42nd Infantry Division.

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Frank Sesno Frank Sesno
Professor of Public Policy and Communication
George Mason University

Special Correspondent

Frank Sesno is a professor of public policy and communication at the George Mason School of Public Policy and a special correspondent for CNN. He is an Emmy-winning journalist with more than 25 years of experience, including 17 years at CNN, where he was a White House correspondent, anchor, and Washington bureau chief. He now teaches how the media affects the creation of public policy and is a host and producer of in-depth specials and mini-series on PBS and the History Channel. Mr. Sesno has been awarded several prestigious journalistic awards, including an Emmy, a CINE Award, several Cable Ace awards, and an Overseas Press Club Award.

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Victoria Toensing Victoria Toensing

Justice Department Official, 1984–88

Chief Counsel
Senate Intelligence Committee, 1981–84

Victoria Toensing is a founding partner of DiGenova & Toensing, and an internationally known expert on white-collar crime, terrorism, national security, and intelligence matters. She was chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from 1981 to 1984 and a Justice Department official from 1984 to 1988. She has cohosted CNBC's Equal Time and Rivera Live! and is a frequent legal analyst on national television programs dealing with politics, criminal justice, national security, and terrorism. Her op-ed pieces on law and national security have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and USA Today. During her 16 years in private practice, she has represented major corporations and individuals in both criminal and civil matters. Prior to law school, she was a high-school English teacher.

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Michael Yon Michael Yon
Journalist / Blogger
Embedded with U.S. Army, Iraq

Author, Deuce Four: The Battle for Mosul

Michael Yon is a full-time author who wrote a self-published book about his experience as a soldier in the U.S. military, entitled Danger Close. He was one of the youngest soldiers ever to pass the grueling Green Beret selection process. An accomplished photojournalist, Mr. Yon embedded with the U.S. Army in Iraq from December 2004 to October 2005. His Web journal, located at www.michaelyon-online.com, has been featured on major news Web sites, including Time Online, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC News, CNN, and CBS. A photograph he shot at the scene of a car bombing in Mosul received international media attention, resulting in his appearance on Fox News, CBS's Early Morning, and ABC's Good Morning America, as well as many radio programs. The photo was printed on the front page of more than fifty major U.S. daily newspapers, including the Washington Post, USA Today, the New York Post, and the Washington Times, and was Time magazine's Viewers' Choice photo of the year. Mr. Yon's work has been featured in magazines and newspapers around the globe, from the New York Times to the London Sunday Times, and from the Weekly Standard to Jane's Defense Weekly.

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