More than 40 student journalists from local high schools throughout Orange County gathered at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum to participate in a face-to-face forum with former CIA officials about the agency’s activities at home and abroad.
The Nixon Foundation has presented editors forums for many years as part of its school outreach.
Invitations were sent to school newspapers and television program faculty advisors to send their writers and photographers for a White House-style briefing.
The students arrived with ample time to participate in a docent-guided tour of the museum galleries, the President’s Marine One helicopter, and the farmhouse where the 37th President was born.
The forum featured Charles E. Allen, former Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, Department of Homeland Security, and Andy Liepman, former Deputy Director, National Counterterrorism Center. It was moderated by Nixon Foundation President Sandy Quinn.
Opening statements were given by Allen and Liepman on the CIA and the role of intelligence in maintaining the safety of our nation. The program was then opened up to questions from the enthusiastic group of student journalists.
Afterwards, the CIA officials thought that the questions from the students were provocative and well thought-out.
Quinn urged the editors to write stories on their experience and publish them in their school’s newspaper. Any published story will be posted to the Nixon Foundation’s website.