Communication Breakdown: The Domestic Surveillance Debate

Karv Communications has been paying close attention to the events surrounding Edward Snowden; his release of classified information, the reaction from the public and media, as well as statements and actions made by elected officials and the intelligence community.

In closely monitoring this situation we have seen a major divide in the way Americans view domestic surveillance programs and their opinion of Edward Snowden and his actions.  It is widely known that the United States is currently in a state of political division, but does that alone explain why Americans are so divided in their views on surveillance programs and whether Mr. Snowden is a hero, traitor, or something in between?

To better understand why some are outraged by Mr. Snowden’s revelations, and why others have directed their anger at Mr. Snowden himself, Karv Communications will be conducting Q&A’s with leading legal, intelligence and communications experts in a series entitled: “Communication Breakdown: The Domestic Surveillance Debate.”  For this series we’ve enlisted the help of experts to explain how intelligence programs are approved and conducted, whether or not Mr. Snowden deserves to be sentenced to prison for his actions, and the reasons that Americans have been so divided on the issue of domestic surveillance.

Our experts include:

Jack Devine: Founding partner and President of The Arkin Group LLC and a 32-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency (“CIA”). While at the CIA, Mr. Devine served as both Acting Director and Associate Director of the CIA’s operations outside the United States and, in this capacity, he had supervisory authority over thousands of CIA employees involved in sensitive missions throughout the world.

Stanley S. Arkin: Stanley S. Arkin is a founding partner of The Arkin Group LLC and Arkin Solbakken LLP, a law firm headquartered in New York. Mr. Arkin has specialized in the defense of business crime cases and is one of the country’s leading trial and appellate advocates. He has been lead counsel in some of the most significant business and securities cases of the last thirty years. While his focus has been criminal and regulatory prosecutions and investigations, Mr. Arkin has been primary counsel on a wide array of civil matters, both in and out of court. Over the years, Mr. Arkin’s practice has developed into one which, while maintaining its traditional litigation capacities, has become the business of finding strategic solutions for extremely difficult and intractable corporate and personal problems.

Andrew Frank: As Founder and President of Karv Communications, Andrew brings a wealth of experience in a number of areas, including crisis communications, public affairs and media skills.  An expert in creating communications strategies, Andrew has 25 years of experience overseeing and implementing crisis preparation; managing product recalls; financial and/or regulatory issues; and identifying and managing communications issues around complicated litigation.  From 1992-1997 he was a political appointee in the Clinton Administration, including Managing Director of the United States Information Agency’s New York Foreign Press Center, and Senior Advisor for Communications to the Director of U.S.I.A.

“Communication Breakdown: The Domestic Surveillance Debate” will be released via Karv Communications’ website in separate installments with our experts beginning Friday, June 28th, 2013.

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