Former U.S. Senator Mark Udall speaking on torture

    March 10, 2015 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    UA School of Law
    The University of Arizona
    1201 East Speedway Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85721
    Former Colorado U.S. Senator Mark Udall (2009 to 2014)
    Former Colorado U.S. Senator Mark Udall (2009 to 2014)

    Tuesday, March 10, 5:30 p.m.: Former U.S. Senator Mark Udall will deliver the 2015 Marks Lecture, entitled “It’s 2015:  Why Are We Still Debating Torture?”  Sen. Udall, who served on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, led the bipartisan effort to rein in the NSA’s dragnet collection of Americans’ personal data. He also has been an unwavering advocate for strong, independent oversight of the CIA. He was one of the leading advocates for releasing the Senate Intelligence Committee’s study of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. The event will be held at the UA College of Law, Room 164 (Ares Auditorium), and it is open to the public, with no cost to attend.  A reception will follow the lecture.  To register, visit  Please direct questions to Emily Cayton at or (520) 626-3056.

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Terrific talk by Senator Udall (son of Congressman Mo) who told the audience of about 80 people about his role on the U.S. Senate Intelligence committee when the recent oversight report on the CIA’s EIT (enhanced intelligence techniques aka torture) was released last fall. He said that the report “impaired the moral leadership of the U.S., causing international distrust of the CIA” and this ongoing cover up. He said the White House response is also a cover up, that the CIA lied about the tip off regarding the Osama bin Laden assassination. Udall called for accountability, the resignation of CIA Director John Brennan, changing the culture of corruption at the CIA. Senator Udall grew up in Tucson, attended Canyon del Oro HS, now lives in Colorado.

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