The Electronic Frontier Foundation is hosting a panel discussion, “NSA Surveillance and Our ‘Almost Orwellian’ State.” The moderator and panelists will discuss:
- Whether dragnet NSA surveillance is constitutional, and the dueling federal court rulings in December
- The history of government secrecy, and how it relates to the mounting controversy surrounding NSA spying
- How the NSA dragnet threatens not only to privacy, but also freedom and democracy
- The role of the press, and the tremendous contributions of Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and others
- Prospects for legislative reforms in Congress, and opportunities for grassroots action going forward
Panelists will be:
- Cindy Cohn, Legal Director and General Counsel of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Ms. Cohn serves as counsel in First Unitarian Church v. NSA and Jewel v. NSA, each seeking to stop the ongoing dragnet warrantless surveillance of millions of ordinary Americans.
- Daniel Ellsberg, the iconic whistleblower and national hero described by President Nixon as “the most dangerous man in America,” and co-founder of Freedom of Press Foundation.
- Norman Solomon, Journalist, media critic, anti-war activist, co-founder of RootsAction.org, founding director of Institute for Public Accuracy, and author of War Made Easy.
- Shahid Buttar, Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, constitutional lawyer, grassroots organizer, independent columnist, musician, and poet.
Date: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 7:30 pm PT
Location: St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA
For more information: https://www.eff.org//event/nsa-surveillance-and-our-almost-orwellian-state