#CatoDigital — Big Brother Is Watching: FISA Section 702 and the Modern Surveillance State

Cato Digital
February 12, 2018
6:00PM to 7:00PM EST
Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute
Featuring Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), US Congressman (@justinamash); Patrick G. Eddington, Policy Analyst in Homeland Security and Civil Liberties, Cato Institute, and former Military Imagery Analyst, National Photographic Interpretation Center, CIA (@PGEddington); moderated by Kat Murti, Senior Digital Outreach Manager, Cato Institute (@KatMurti).

Due to scheduling conflicts the event is being postponed. Details will be posted online when rescheduled.

Between emails, text messaging, social media, smartphones, and other mainstays of modern living, Americans spend most of their lives in the digital realm. And yet, as most Americans have known for at least the past decade, these communications — including private photos, banking information, personal contacts, and more — are far from secure.

The National Security Agency and other government agencies keep and analyze communications by Americans, both at home and abroad, often without a warrant or any semblance of transparency. These measures sacrifice liberty for a false sense of security. Yet they are popularly championed by members of both parties — who, in a recent bipartisan effort, reauthorized and strengthened FISA Section 702, the source of many of the federal government’s surveillance powers.

What is FISA Section 702 and what does it do? Is there any way to reverse the damage that has been done or at least prevent further intrusions into our privacy? Is privacy a realistic expectation — or even a possibility — in the Digital Age? Have we officially abandoned the Fourth Amendment in the Bill of Rights?

Rep. Justin Amash recently led a defeated effort to bring much-needed reforms to FISA Section 702. Cato policy analyst Patrick G. Eddington formerly worked at the CIA, where he got an inside perspective on the vast surveillance apparatus the American people are subjected to daily.

On Monday, February 12, join them for an important #CatoDigital discussion about the future of privacy in America.