Author Profile

Lisa Graves

Lisa Graves is the Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy and formerly served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice and as the Senior Legislative Strategist for the American Civil Liberties Union on national security issues. She has been called to testify before Congress as an expert witness on national security and civil liberties issues.

Graves spearheaded the unprecedented filibuster of overly broad national security laws, when she helped secure 52 Senators opposed to the reauthorization of the Patriot Act in December 2005. She also helped lead the effort to defeat the Bush Administration effort to deploy spy satellites to monitor Americans domestically and to market that surveillance to local law enforcement. Her analysis of national security and homeland security issues has been quoted in numerous newspapers, including the New York Times, and she been interviewed about these matters on CNN, MSNBC, and numerous other TV shows. She led the left-right coalition on a national security surveillance for more than four years, before moving to Madison to lead CMD. Her analysis of homeland security and civil liberties issues has also been published in the Texas Law Review and the William Mitchell Law Review.