Leahy Announces Witnesses For Commission Hearing

WASHINGTON (Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009) – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has announced three witnesses for a hearing scheduled Wednesday, March 4, on  “Getting to the Truth Through a Nonpartisan Commission of Inquiry.”  Leahy has proposed establishing a nonpartisan commission to examine past national security policies. 

Leahy has invited three witnesses to testify at the hearing:  Thomas Pickering, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Retired Vice Admiral Lee Gunn, and attorney John Farmer.

Thomas Pickering served as Under Secretary of State from 1997-2000, and served as Ambassador to the United Nations for President George H.W. Bush.  He holds the personal rank of  Career Ambassador, the highest in the United States Foreign Service.  Pickering is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and the Council on Foreign Relations. 

Retired Vice Admiral Lee Gunn served in the military for 35 years.  He served as Inspector General of the Navy, and on the board of the American Security Project.  Gunn has been outspoken about his opposition to detention and interrogation policies that have permitted torture.

John Farmer served as a senior counsel and team leader for the 9/11 Commission.  Farmer is a former State Attorney General for New Jersey. Through his work with the Constitution Project, Farmer has expressed support for an independent commission to examine Bush administration detainee and interrogation policies and practices.

The hearing will be held on March 4, at 10:00 a.m., and will be webcast live online

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February 26, 2009



The hearing on “Getting to the Truth Through a Nonpartisan Commission of Inquiry” scheduled by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary for Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. will take place in Room 106 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building rather than the previously scheduled room of SD-226.

By order of the Chairman

Witness List

Hearing before the
Senate Judiciary Committee


“Getting to the Truth Through a Nonpartisan Commission of Inquiry”

Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 106
10:00 a.m.

Thomas Pickering
Vice Chairman
Hills & Company, International Consultants
Washington, D.C.  

Retired Vice Admiral Lee Gunn
Institute of Public Research at The CNA Corporation
Arlington, VA

John Farmer
Arsenault, Whipple, Farmer, Fasset and Azzarello
Chatham, NJ 

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