Kate Martin

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Kate Martin is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.


From Just Security, where Kate Martin is a guest contributor:[1]

Kate Martin is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. From 1992 to 2015, Kate Martin was the Director of the Center for National Security Studies working on issues at the intersection of national security, civil liberties and human rights. She has taught national security law at George Washington University Law School and Georgetown University Law School. She also served as general counsel to the National Security Archive from 1995 to 2001 and in the 1990’s as co-director of a project in the former communist countries in Europe on reforming state security services.
Since 1988, she has litigated cases and testified before Congress on the entire range of national security and civil liberties issues. She is a frequent commentator in the national media and has written extensively on these issues. Before joining the Center, she was a partner with the law firm of Nussbaum, Owen & Webster. She graduated from the University of Virginia Law School, where she was a member of the Law Review and from Pomona College with a B.A. in philosophy.

Defending Dissent

As of Oct 3 2009 Kete Martin was listed as a Board Member of Defending Dissent.[2]

Letter to Judge Thapar asking for leniency for the Oakridge 3

Kate Martin signed a letter dated January 9 2014 asking for leniency for the "Oakridge 3":[3]

January 9, 2014
The Honorable Amul R. Thapar United States District Judge 800 Market Street, Suite 130 Knoxville, TN 37902
Dear Judge Thapur: The Defending Dissent Foundation is a 53 year old civil liberties organization that recognizes the value of dissent in a vibrant democracy. As such, we regard the actions of Sister Megan Rice, Greg Boertje-Obed and Michael Walli on July 28, 2012 as nonviolent civil disobedience in the finest American tradition. Therefore, we respectfully request that you exercise your right to judicial discretion in sentencing these three individuals. The Defending Dissent Foundation takes no position on nuclear weapons facilities or the content of the protest, but it is clear that the three sought to call attention to an issue of national importance and, through symbolic action, voice their concern and opposition. Their goal never was to harm anyone, and no one was harmed. The fact that the three were able to find their way into the facility and reach the uranium storage unit reflects the abysmal security system of the facility. These activists should not be held liable for the closure of the plant for two weeks to address security lapses. It should not be a factor in their sentencing. Non-violent civil resistance and civil disobedience have long played an important role in our democracy, bringing important issues to the public sphere and advancing our society toward justice, freedom and peace. Like others who have undertaken such action, Sister Megan Rice, Greg Boertje-Obed and Michael Walli are willing to serve time in jail, which they have done without complaint. However, to sentence the three to terms of up to twelve years would be an injustice. In your October 1, 2013 Memorandum Opinion and Order you wrote, “Of course, the defendants’ non-violence will be relevant at sentencing, since the Court must account for both the “nature and circumstances of the offense and the history and characteristics” of the defendants… Given the obvious differences between the defendants and the paradigmatic saboteur, those factors surely will be worthy of discussion”. We applaud your wisdom and insight and strongly encourage you to sentence the three with downward departures from the sentencing guidelines. Sincerely,

Board of Directors Woody Kaplan President Fadi Saba Vice-President Hussein Ibish Secretary/Treasurer Chip Berlet Timuel Black Don Goldhamer Emily Goodman Arun Gupta Connie Hogarth Sarah Hogarth Kate Martin Victor Navasky Frank Rosen Chris Townsend Reverend C. T. Vivian

Staff Sue Udry Executive Director Linda Schade Rachel Bernhardt

Sue Udry Executive Director In Memory of Frank Wilkinson, Director Emeritus & Chauncey Alexander, President Emeritus and all who went before...

cc: Bill Quigley


  1. https://www.justsecurity.org/author/martinkate/ Kate Martin accessed December 10 2019
  2. Dissent website: About
  3. https://www.scribd.com/document/197919376/Transform-Now-Plowshares-Sentencing-letter Kate Martin accessed December 10 2019