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December 11, 2017

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Domestic Spying
Last Featured: 9/6/2004

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Overview

In May, 2002, President Bush lifted the ban on domestic spying by the FBI. The administration argued such measures enhance law enforcement’s efforts to track terrorists and ensure homeland security. Civil libertarians decried the move as an unprecedented power grab that undermines fundamental democratic principles in a free society. They point to FBI abuses in the 1960s that first led to the ban, most notably the unwarranted surveillance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On the second anniversary of the lifting of the ban, we’ll debate the uses or abuses of domestic spying and its impact on the war on terrorism.


Guests
Marc Rotenberg is executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and teaches information privacy law at Georgetown University Law Center. He has testified before Congress on many issues, including access to information, encryption policy, consumer protection, computer security, and communications privacy. Rotenberg has also served on several national and international advisory panels, including the expert panels on Cryptography Policy and Computer Security for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Legal Experts on Cyberspace Law for UNESCO. He currently chairs the ABA Committee on Privacy and Information Protection, and is Secretary of the Public Interest Registry.

Victoria Toensing is a founding partner of the law firm diGenova & Toensing and an internationally-known expert on white collar crime, terrorism, and national security and intelligence matters. As Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Justice Department from 1984-1988, she established the department’s Terrorism Unit and supervised the Defense Procurement Fraud Unit, savings and loan industry fraud cases, securities fraud cases, and nuclear industry regulation. Toensing also served as Chief Counsel for Senator Barry Goldwater, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from 1981-1984.

Closing Quote
"From infancy on we are all spies. The shame is not this but that the secrets to be discovered are so paltry and few."

— John Updike

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