Nov 11 2008
When I first got an invitation to attend a roundtable discussion with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, I thought thought it was a hoax, as did some of the people I asked about it. A little fact checking revealed that it was the real deal, but the meeting was in Washington, DC. Traveling cross country for an hour meeting isn’t in my budget, so I regretfully passed on the opportunity. Fast forward a month and the invite comes again, but this time it’s happening at Stanford University. There’s no way I could pass that by. Andrew Storms and George Ou expressed interest in going and Secretary Chertoff’s Press Secretary, Caroline Dieker, made the arrangements and we were all invited to attend.
I was impressed by Secretary Chertoff; he speaks plainly, with only a little of the evasion I’d expected from someone in a position like his. I don’t agree with all his arguments and ideas, but he was very open to discussing them publicly. I almost feel bad that he’s going to be gone come January. I tried to tweet the whole thing as much as possible, but it’s easy to get distracted in a situation like this. I captured the entire conversation on my little iRiver 795 and here it is so you can listen for yourself.
Network Security Podcast, Episode 127, November 11, 2008 – Blogger Roundtable with DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff
I’m posting a copy of the live tweets in the comments, along with the replies.