Kel McClanahan

Guest Author

Kel McClanahan ( is the Executive Director of National Security Counselors, a Washington-area non-profit public interest law firm which specializes in national security law and information and privacy law, and through which he often represents Intelligence Community employees and contractors. He is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School, where he teaches the law of secrecy. He sits on the Steering Committee of the Make It Safe Coalition and has previously served on the FOIA Federal Advisory Committee.

He received his Master of Arts cum laude in Security Studies from the Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, his Juris Doctorate from the American University Washington College of Law, and his Master of Laws in National Security Law from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Articles by this author:

SSCI Could Shake Up the Intelligence Community’s Whistleblowing System

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Dec 17th, 2021

No, Former Presidents Cannot Assert Executive Privilege. At Least Not Meaningfully.

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Nov 4th, 2021

Trump and GOP Call to ID Whistleblower Exposes Glaring Gaps in Protections


Nov 20th, 2019

GOP “Storming” of Secure Facility for Impeachment Proceedings: An Explainer


Oct 23rd, 2019

Intel Whistleblower Complaint Q&A Part 2: Constitutional Boogaloo


Sep 20th, 2019

Q&A on Whistleblower Complaint Being Withheld from Congressional Intelligence Committees


Sep 17th, 2019

Nuts and Bolts of the IG Report on Comey: Correcting Misconceptions


Sep 3rd, 2019

Trump and the Demise of the Presidential Records Honor System


Mar 22nd, 2019

President Trump’s Cronyism and Excesses Should Prompt Security Clearance Reform


Mar 8th, 2019

Attorney General Nominee Barr on Transparency: A Direct Answer? Or Misdirection?


Jan 14th, 2019

Trump’s Ability to Classify Mueller Report Is Greater Threat Than Executive Privilege


Sep 17th, 2018

Trump Declassifying Page, Ohr Records Will Have Broader Effects


Sep 11th, 2018

Security Clearance Records, FOIA, and Privacy: What Went Wrong for Abigail Spanberger


Aug 31st, 2018

The Case for Legislative Security Clearance Reform


Aug 24th, 2018