Watching You: Is the NSA's Surveillance Constitutional?

Event Date: 
Friday, October 18, 2013 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
MacMillan 117

Randy Barnett, the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, is the author of Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty (Princeton University, 2005). His talk addresses the recent revelation that the National Security Agency (NSA) has amassed voluminous data on the communication activities of US Citizens. Mr. Barnett sees the government’s seizure of information from private companies as being in direct violation of the Fourth Amendment’s protection against “unreasonable searches and seizures.” The government claims to be “storing” the information in case it is needed for investigative purposes. Does the potential for abuse constitute an abuse of citizens’ rights? Or is this action justified for security reasons?

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