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

‘Pre-Search’ Is Coming to U.S. Policing

By Jim Harper. Reason. August 30, 2016.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: America’s Toughest Defendant

By Nat Hentoff and Nick Hentoff. Cato.org. August 26, 2016.

Baltimore Air Surveillance Should Cause Concerns

By Matthew Feeney. The Hill (Online). August 25, 2016.

Cato Studies

Hate Speech Laws: Ratifying the Assassin’s Veto

By Robert Corn-Revere. Policy Analysis No. 791. May 24, 2016.

To Confront the Assassin’s Veto, or to Ratify It?

By Robert Corn-Revere. Working Paper No. 36. January 5, 2016.

REAL ID: A State-by-State Update

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

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

United States v. Benbow

By Ilya Shapiro, Jim Harper, and Randal John Meyer. Legal Briefs. August 26, 2016.

Arlene’s Flowers v. Washington

By Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, Jayme Weber, & Jeffrey Paul Helsdon. Legal Briefs. February 4, 2016.

In re Tam

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

Cato Reviews & Journals

Flemming Rose

Flemming Rose. Policy Report. July/August 2016.

Nadine Strossen

Policy Report. July/August 2016.

American Big Brother: A Century of Political Surveillance and Repression

Policy Report. May/June 2016.

Events

You Have the Right to Remain Innocent

Featuring Randy E. Barnett and Tim Lynch. September 29, 2016. Book Forum.

The Domestic Drone Revolution: Risks and Rewards in Perspective

Featuring Matthew Feeney and Patrick G. Eddington. September 27, 2016. Conference.

#CatoDigital — Digital Speech under Attack: How Regulators Are Trying to Shut Down Dissent Online

Featuring Kat Murti. June 29, 2016. Cato Digital.

Speeches

Academic Freedom and Free Speech

By Roger Pilon. March 16, 2016.