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Intelligence forum highlights Mason’s role as facilitator for discussion

George Mason took center stage on C-SPAN on Tuesday night by hosting an esteemed panel of former U.S. intelligence officials at the “Secrets, Presidents and Dissent” discussion presented by the Michael V. Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy, and International Security.

The forum on the Arlington Campus served as a model of the crucial, civil conversations we must have as a society on important issues and it demonstrated the need to listen to and weigh dissenting views.

This marked the inaugural event of the second year of the Hayden Center. I am pleased that Gen. Hayden has been a distinguished visiting professor at Mason for the past decade. His work is another example of how our Schar School of Policy and Government plays a pivotal role in researching, dissecting, and explaining crucial issues facing our country.

You can watch the video here. A guide:

Schar School Dean Mark Rozell’s welcome begins at :28.
My remarks start at 3:56.
Rep. Don Beyer’s comments begin at 7:28.
Gen. Hayden gives his introduction at 10:40.
The panel discussion, moderated by MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, begins at 14:00.