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You Want Me To Do What?!
Code: 177  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Feminism, Religion & Spirituality, , Politics & Current Affairs, Biography & Memoir
Saturday, May 19 2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Glenn Carle, Peter Mitchell, Simon Longstaff (facilitator)
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Sometimes in our jobs we are called upon to do things that are distasteful, unacceptable, even unlawful. What do we do in such circumstances? Glenn Carle, a senior CIA operative, challenged the chain of command, all the way up to the president, when he was expected to torture an al Quaeda suspect. Peter Mitchell, employed by the Department of Immigration at the Villawood Detention Centre, had to tell stressed-out people their asylum claims had been denied. They talk to Simon Longstaff, Director, St James Ethics Centre, about individual responsibility versus organisational demands.

Glenn Carle (International)

Glenn Carle was a member of the CIA’s Directorate of Operations for 23 years and worked in a number of posts on four continents. His last position was as deputy national intelligence officer for transnational threats, where his office was responsible for strategic analysis of terrorism, international organised crime and narcotics issues. He retired in March 2007 and now lives in Washington, DC. He is the author of The Interrogator: A CIA agent’s true story.

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Peter Mitchell (Australian)

Peter Mitchell worked for the department of immigration from 1990 to 2003 as a long-term compliance officer, later rising to manager of the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre and manager of the Kosovar and East Timorese 'Operation Safe Haven' in 1999. He is the author of Compassionate Bastard, an insider’s account of the dilemmas inherent in a job that deprives people of their liberty through the application of Australian Law.

Simon Longstaff (Australian)

Dr Simon Longstaff has a PhD in philosophy from
Cambridge University. His doctoral research centred on related questions arising in the areas of political philosophy, ethics and the philosophy of education. He is the inaugural executive director of St James Ethics Centre. His book, Hard Cases, Tough Choices, was published in 1997. Simon was inaugural president of The Australian Association for and Applied Ethics, is a fellow of the World Economic Forum and serves on a number of company boards.

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