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

Two Years after Snowden, Congress Still Legislating in the Dark

By Patrick G. Eddington. The Hill. May 13, 2015.

Mitch McConnell’s Surreal Quest to Preserve the NSA’s Illegal Surveillance

By Julian Sanchez. The Week. May 13, 2015.

McConnell’s PATRIOT Act Plan

By Patrick G. Eddington. Real Clear Policy. May 7, 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

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.

McCullen v. Coakley

By Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, and Gabriel Latner. Legal Briefs. September 16, 2013.

Cato Reviews & Journals

The Age of Monitoring

Policy Report. March/April 2015.

A Passionate Defense of Free Speech

Policy Report. November/December 2014.

Unveiling the Surveillance State

Sen. Ron Wyden. Cato's Letter. Winter 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.