LOS ANGELES, Aug. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pacific Council on International Policy is pleased to announce that Michael Chertoff, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, will address its members during a special lunchtime event August 18, 2006. At a time of heightened concern about U.S. national security at home and abroad, this will be an extraordinary opportunity to exchange ideas with the Cabinet official responsible for preventing and deterring terrorist attacks and ensuring safe and secure borders. Michael Chertoff was sworn in as the second U.S. Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on February 15, 2005. He previously served as United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and then as Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice in the Bush administration. "We are honored and privileged to welcome Secretary Chertoff to Los Angeles," said Geoffrey Garrett, President of the Pacific Council. "Last week's thwarted terrorist attack on transatlantic airliners as well as the ongoing debate over balancing border security, immigration and civil liberties underscore the pivotal role played by Mr. Chertoff and the Department of Homeland Security in so many of the most important issues facing the United States." The meeting for Pacific Council members and invited guests will take place in Beverly Hills and will be chaired by Robert Bonner, the first Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Security in DHS. Judge Bonner is a member of the Pacific Council and a partner in the law firm of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher. The Pacific Council on International Policy is a non-partisan membership organization comprising globally-oriented business, civic and government leaders whose mission is to give more effective voice to West Coast perspectives on international affairs. Founded in 1995 in partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations and the University of Southern California, the Council is an independent 501(c)3 organization headquartered in Los Angeles. For more information about the Pacific Council on International Policy, visit www.pacificcouncil.org.
SOURCE Pacific Council on International Policy