Following are ProfNet’s Expert Alerts for Wednesday, May 18.
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1. Government: Osama bin Laden’s Death Prompts Questions About Counterterrorism Policy
2. Government: Osama bin Laden’s Death Revives Debate on Use of Torture
3. Immigration: Immigration Reform Now Would Be a Nightmare
4. Law: Talking About Osama bin Laden at Work
**1. GOVERNMENT: OSAMA BIN LADEN'S DEATH PROMPTS QUESTIONS ABOUT U.S. COUNTERTERRORISM POLICY AND THE FUTURE OF THE U.S.-PAKISTAN RELATIONSHIP. Jordan Tama, member of the Intelligence and Counterterrorism Expert Advisory Groups for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, and assistant professor at American University’s School of International Service, can comment on the U.S. approach to counterterrorism post-9/11 and what bin Laden’s death means for the future of national security: "The 9/11 Commission said America should provide extensive aid to Pakistan, so long as Pakistan’s leaders were committed to fighting terrorism themselves. This Pakistani commitment remains unclear and insufficient, and it is appropriate now to ask whether the U.S. should continue providing Pakistan with very high levels of aid." Tama is the author of “Terrorism and National Security Reform” (April 2011). News Contact: Nicole Villeneuve, firstname.lastname@example.org
**2. GOVERNMENT: OSAMA BIN LADEN'S DEATH REVIVES DEBATE ON BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S USE OF TORTURE. David P. Forsythe, Charles J. Mach Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, can comment on U.S. policy on torture in historical perspective, particularly the Bush policy on abuse of prisoners after 9/11 as it relates to the death of Osama bin Laden: "One central question is whether a cost-benefit analysis supports the wisdom of harsh interrogation. Was the actionable intelligence gained from abuse truly necessary and worth the long list of negatives inherent in the illegal process? Another persistent concern is, 'what next,' especially since secret abuse never stays secret forever." Forsythe is the author of "The Politics of Prisoner Abuse" (July 2011). News Contact: Nicole Villeneuve, email@example.com
**3. IMMIGRATION: IMMIGRATION REFORM NOW WOULD BE A NIGHTMARE. Adrian Pantoja, associate professor of political studies and Chicano studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif.: “Pursuing immigration reform now would be a disaster. According to the U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Congress has the power to 'establish a uniform rule for naturalization.' In other words, the making of U.S. immigration policy falls on the hands of Congress and, in particular, the judiciary committees in both chambers. Given that the distribution of power favors conservatives in Congress, it would be foolhardy to pressure Obama to pursue immigration reform now. Doing so would result in the 'Nightmare Act,' rather than the 'Dream Act' immigrants and their supporters desire." News Contact: Anna Chang, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-909-607-0491
**4. LAW: TALKING ABOUT OSAMA BIN LADEN AT WORK. Shanti Atkins, Esq., president and CEO of ELT, the leading specialists in ethics and compliance training: "With the recent death of 'the world’s most wanted terrorist,' employees rejoicing over Osama bin Laden’s death are sure to use the workplace as a forum for fiery political debates centering on the Muslim faith, the Middle East and what it means to be an American. These extremely risky discussions centering on national origin, ethnicity and religion often lead to severe workplace tensions, productivity problems, and potential claims of harassment and discrimination." As many Americans feel deeply protective of their indelible "American right" to express opinions and engage in conduct that can squarely violate workplace policies -- and potentially the law -- Atkins can discuss the boundaries of “free speech” when it comes to acceptable behavior in the workplace. Profile: www.profnetconnect.com/shanti_atkins&nbs... News Contact: Laura Schlecht, email@example.com Phone: +1-212-219-0321