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Spy On Me, I’d Rather Be Safe – Intelligence Squared debate Wednesday (live webcast)

Intelligence Squared debates

Spy On Me, I’d Rather Be Safe (click the LIVE STREAMING link)

The IQ2 webcasts are free.

Debate: 5:30-7:00 PM (Eastern)
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Burke Theater at the U.S. Navy War Memorial
701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC

The NSA collects data on billions of phone calls and internet communications per day. Are these surveillance programs legal? Do they keep us safe? If not for the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, most Americans would be unaware of the vast amounts of information their government is secretly collecting, all in the name of national security. But whether you believe leakers are heroes or traitors, an important public conversation has finally begun, and we should ask ourselves: What tradeoffs are we willing to make between security and privacy?

As Benjamin Franklin might have asked, “Are we giving up essential liberty to purchase temporary safety, and thus deserving of neither?”

Stewart Baker First Asst. Secretary for Policy, Dept. of Homeland Security
Richard Falkenrath Principal, The Chertoff Group & Former Deputy Homeland Security Advisor

David Cole Professor of Law, Georgetown Univ. Law Center
Michael German Senior Policy Counsel, ACLU Washington

For debate related reading, go to IQ2‘s research page here (click The Research link).

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