Jonathan Fredman has held legal and policy positions for the U.S. Government, including Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Special Programs, chief counsel to the Director of Central Intelligence Counterterrorist Center, and legal counsel to the Directorate of Science and Technology. He has served as chief legal adviser for several additional CIA components.
He provides guidance on intelligence operations, cybersecurity, technology, compliance, and investigations.
He has taught national security law, foreign intelligence, and the law of counterterrorism, and been published in the ABA National Security Law Report, Yale Law and Policy Review, and Studies in Intelligence.
From 2005-2010 he served as Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence. In that position, he was the senior U.S. Government official devoted solely to the development and oversight of U.S. covert action and special programs. He conducted policy development, program evaluation, and resource allocation activities as well as strategic operational planning, and resolved legal and legislative matters.
Prior to entering government, Mr. Fredman was an attorney with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, and a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Charles M. Metzner of the Southern District of New York.
He graduated from Princeton University magna cum laude in Public and International Affairs, and from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
Mr. Fredman is a recipient of the George H.W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism, the John A. McCone Award for Science and Technology, the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal, and the Middle East Mission Manager Medallion.
He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mr. Fredman has spoken at Harvard Law School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government; the Princeton University School of Public and International Affairs; Columbia Law School; Georgetown Law School and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service; George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs; American University, School of International Service; University of Virginia Law School; University of Pennsylvania Law School; National Defense University; National War College; Army War College; Council on Foreign Relations; World Affairs Council; National Advocacy Center; and others.
Covert Action Policy and Procedure
Covert Action, Loss of Life, and the Prohibition on Assassination
Intelligence Agencies, Law Enforcement, and the Prosecution Team
Letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee
Princeton University Program in Law and Public Affairs
The Law of Foreign and National Intelligence
Designing Detention: A Model Law for Terrorist Incapacitation
Hypothetical Torture in the "War on Terrorism"
Intelligence and the Criminal Law System
Optimizing Criminal Prosecution as a Counterterrorism Tool
Watching the Watchers: Surveillance, Transparency, and Political Freedom in the War on Terror
Michigan Personal Injury Attorney
National Journal: "Inconvenient Facts and Detainee Abuse"