ACLU Counsel Michael German And Dallas Attorney Michael Linz, Member Of ACLU of Texas Legal Advisory Panel, To Discuss Security And Civil Liberties



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Michael German


BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION – Two legal experts associated with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Texas will participate Saturday in a panel discussion on national security and civil liberty as part of the Texas Lyceum leadership conference.



A frequent media guest on national news and interview programs, Michael German is Senior Policy Counsel for the ACLU Washington Legislative Office. He develops policy positions and pro-active strategies on pending legislation and executive branch actions concerning national security and open government programs including domestic surveillance, data mining, privacy, whistleblower protection, and intelligence and law enforcement oversight.



Prior to joining the ACLU, Mr. German served 16 years as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he specialized in domestic terrorism and covert operations. He is the author of Thinking Like a Terrorist, published in January 2007.



Michael Linz is a longtime member of the ACLU of Texas Legal Panel, a former ACLU of Texas Board member and a cooperating attorney with the civil liberties organization. He has successfully litigated numerous civil liberties and civil rights cases and has been honored for his pro bono work. A frequent speaker on constitutional law and civil liberties issues, his publication in The Federal Lawyer, “Trading Liberty for Safety: Constitutional Issues After 9/11” dealt with historical and contemporary civil liberties abuses in times of war.



German and Linz are part of the panel discussion set for Saturday, April 30, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The session is part of the second quarterly meeting of the Texas Lyceum which begins Thursday April 28 in College Station. The theme is “Plan – Prepare – Respond – Recover... Repeat. Ensuring the Safety of Texans When Disasters Strike.”