Hot Topics | Surveillance and the NSA – Gen. Hayden Conference Call

Logo NSA National Security AgencyThe World Affairs Councils of America’s (WACA) “1918 Society” is hosting a “Hot Topics” conference call on Wednesday, August 7 (3:00pm-3:30pm EDT) with former CIA and former NSA director General Michael V. Hayden. (See below) The topic is “Understanding Data Surveillance, PRISM and the NSA.” The call is open to members of the WACA “1918 Society.”

The Tennessee World Affairs Council is a member of the network of independent non-partisan organizations that comprise the World Affairs Councils of America. The “1918 Society” is a group of WAC members who join to support and advance the purposes of the World Affairs Councils — increase global awareness among Americans. There are a number of member benefits that are available to “1918 Society” members (see below). Of course, we hope you will first become a member of the Tennessee World Affairs Council and support the efforts to bring the world to Tennessee, and Tennessee to the world.

The 1918 Society is comprised of individuals who wish to support the World Affairs Councils of America in its mission of educating Americans on global issues. The 1918 Society recalls the founding of the World Affairs Councils Network and the importance of its mission. In 1918, during the aftermath of World War I, the Foreign Policy Association and the World Affairs Councils worked together to nurture grassroots citizen involvement in international affairs. At that time, as America was assuming an unprecedented leadership role in world affairs, American citizens were becoming aware of events on an international level to a degree previously unknown.

Today, as America’s global involvement continues to grow politically, economically and culturally, it is more important than ever that we remember the goal of our founders to educate the American public on international affairs. Without an international framework, Americans cannot fully appreciate the role of the United States in the world, perform their civic duties, be productive and competitive members of the workforce and continue to lead in the global economy.

Announcement from the World Affairs Councils of America

Join the 1918 Society and be a part of this exclusive, timely discussion for 1918 Society members.

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General Michael V. Hayden

The World Affairs Councils of America will host General Michael V. Hayden, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency & the National Security Agency (full bio), for an exclusive, off the record 1918 Society Hot Topics Conference Call on Understanding Data Surveillance, PRISM and the NSA on Wednesday, August 7 at 3:00 PM EDT. The call will be moderated by Dr. Lori E. Murray, Distinguished Chair for National Security at the U.S. Naval Academy and President Emeritus of WACA.

1918 Society members, please RSVP to Althea Georgantas at to receive call-in information.

As Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (2006 – 2009), General Michael V. Hayden was responsible for overseeing the collection of information concerning the plans, intentions and capabilities of America’s adversaries; producing timely analysis for decision makers; and conducting covert operations to thwart terrorists and other enemies of the US.

Before becoming Director of the CIA, General Hayden served as the country’s first Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence and was the highest-ranking intelligence officer in the armed forces. Earlier, he served as Commander of the Air Intelligence Agency, Director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center, Director of the National Security Agency and Chief of the Central Security Service.

General Hayden graduated from Duquesne University with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1967 and a master’s degree in modern American history in 1969. He also did postgraduate work at the Defense Intelligence School conducted by the Defense Intelligence Agency. He is currently a Principle at the Chertoff Group and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Mason University.

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About the 1918 Society

Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to support the World Affairs Councils of America’s mission to educate and engage Americans on global issues by joining the 1918 Society. Benefits include:

  • Special recognition as an individual sponsor of the World Affairs Councils of America on our website and in all materials, which are distributed to our vast national network throughout the year.
  • Access to exclusive, off-the-record 1918 Society Hot Topics Conference Calls where members are given first-hand access to distinguished policymakers, journalists, and experts on today’s pressing news items.
  • An invitation for two to join the 1918 Society Breakfast at the World Affairs Councils of America’s National Conference.
  • National Conference benefits include access to the hospitality “green room” suite and the opportunity to meet guest speakers and other leaders attending the conference, and priority seating at lunches and the opening banquet dinner.
  • Eligibility to apply for Leadership Missions, which overseas visits by delegation made up of civic and business leaders from around the national network to learn about a host country.

Contact Althea Georgantas at or at 202-833-4557 if you have any questions or are interested in joining the 1918 Society.

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