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

Cato Studies

REAL ID: 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

Constitutional Intelligence: Restoring Politics in the War on Terror

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

Surveillance in Perspective

Roger Pilon. The Politic - Yale University. Summer 2006.

Can American Asset Forfeiture Law Be Justified?

Roger Pilon. New York Law School Review. Vol. 311. No. 39. 1994.

Public Filings

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.

Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International

By Ilya Shapiro. Legal Briefs. April 3, 2013.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Unveiling the Surveillance State

Sen. Ron Wyden. Cato's Letter. Winter 2014.

Speech, Subsidies, and Traditions: AID v. AOSI and the First Amendment

Charles W. "Rocky" Rhodes. Supreme Court Review. 2012-2013.

Toward a Better Constitution

Robert A. Levy. Policy Report. September/October 2013.

Events

Do American Police Departments Need Military Weapons from the Pentagon?

Featuring David B. Kopel, Mark Lomax, Cheye Calvo & Tim Lynch. September 12, 2014. Policy Forum.

Police Misconduct: The Assault on Civil Liberties

Featuring Tim Lynch and Caleb O. Brown. May 8, 2014. Sponsor E-Briefing.

Engaging the Courts: Guns, Gays, and Lying Politicians

Featuring Ilya Shapiro and Caleb O. Brown. March 20, 2014. Sponsor E-Briefing.