The United States is the freest country in the world, yet American liberties are increasingly violated, limited, or circumscribed by government as it expands into every corner of civil society. The federal government today limits our political speech, subjects us to more wiretapping than ever before, criminalizes more activities every year, interferes with the content of broadcasting, and assumes unprecedented police and prosecutorial powers. The best way to protect civil liberties is to rein in the scope and power of the federal government and begin to return the federal government to its constitutional limits.

More on Civil Liberties

Commentary

Surveillance Reform: the Congressional-Intelligence Complex Strikes Back

By Patrick G. Eddington. Huffington Post. June 19, 2015.

Is Surespot the Latest Cryptowar Victim?

By Patrick G. Eddington. Christian Science Monitor. June 17, 2015.

Surveillance Reform Wars Continue

By Patrick G. Eddington. The Hill. June 15, 2015.

Cato Studies

REAL ID: A State-by-State Update

By Jim Harper. Policy Analysis No. 749. May 12, 2014.

Abolish the Department of Homeland Security

By David Rittgers. Policy Analysis No. 683. September 8, 2011.

Leashing the Surveillance State: How to Reform Patriot Act Surveillance Authorities

By Julian Sanchez. Policy Analysis No. 675. May 16, 2011.

Articles

On the National Security Leaks Dilemma

Roger Pilon. Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy - Federalist Edition. Vol. 2. No. 1. 2014.

Regulation through Sham Litigation: The Sue and Settle Phenomenon

Andrew M. Grossman. The Heritage Foundation: Legal Memorendum. No. 110. February 25, 2014.

Constitutional Intelligence: Restoring Politics in the War on Terror

Roger Pilon. Chapman Law Review. Vol. 655. No. 12. 2009.

Public Filings

In re Tam

By Megan L. Brown, Joshua S. Turner, Ilya Shapiro, & Trevor Burrus. Legal Briefs. June 18, 2015.

Rosebrock v. Hoffman

By Timothy Sandefur, Wencong Fa, Larry Salzman, & Ilya Shapiro. Legal Briefs. February 23, 2015.

Hearing on “Continued Oversight of U.S. Government Surveillance Authorities”

By Julian Sanchez. Testimony. December 11, 2013.

Cato Reviews & Journals

The War on Free Expression

Policy Report. May/June 2015.

The Age of Monitoring

Policy Report. March/April 2015.

A Passionate Defense of Free Speech

Policy Report. November/December 2014.

Events

The 2014 Cato Institute Surveillance Conference

Featuring Julian Sanchez and Patrick G. Eddington. December 12, 2014. Conference.

Reddit AMA: I Am Flemming Rose

Featuring . November 13, 2014. Special Event.

Codebreaker

Featuring Walter Olson. October 7, 2014. Film Screening.