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Watch: Dean Craig M. Boise Moderates NYSBA Panel on White Nationalism & Domestic Terrorism

Posted on Friday 1/31/2020
Dean Craig M. Boise

Watch Dean Craig M. Boise moderate a star-studded and extraordinary panel at the NYSBA 2020 Presidential Summit on Jan. 29, 2020 in New York City. The panel tackled head-on one of the most disturbing trends of our timeā€”the rise of white nationalism and domestic terrorism. More than 500 people packed the Hilton Midtown Grand Ballroom to witness the Summit live and many more watched the livestream across the globe.

The topics and remedies raised in this wide-raging discussion will resonate beyond the Summit, including the need for better laws to punish domestic terrorism, ways to proactively monitor hate groups without harming civil liberties, red flag laws, and stronger protection of targeted, marginalized groups. Panelists also stressed the importance of communities standing up against domestic terror and expressing countering points of view.

"We can't sit idly by and do nothing," said New York Attorney General Letitia James, adding that the country also needs "moral leadership" in Washington, DC, to tackle the problem.

Former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi Jr. argued that law enforcement must be given the same tools and techniques used in the fight against international terrorism in order to prevent domestic attacks before they happen.

Nan Whaley, Mayor, Dayton, Ohio; David D. Cole, National Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union; and Leonard Zeskind, Founder and President, Institute for Research and Education of Human Rights, joined James and Figliuzzi as panelists.