Book Forum

Eyes in the Sky: The Secret Rise of Gorgon Stare and How It Will Watch Us All

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019)

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Date and Time
June 25, 2019 1 - 2:30 PM EDT
Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute
Featuring the author Arthur Holland Michel; with comments by Jenna McLaughlin, National Security and Investigations Reporter, Yahoo News; Sean Vitka, Policy Counsel, Demand Progress; moderated by Patrick Eddington, Research Fellow, Cato Institute.

The ancient Greeks believed that the mythical Gorgon could turn those who stared at it to stone. The Pentagon’s surveillance technology named after this creature, Gorgon Stare, has used its aerial near‐​panopticon surveillance capabilities to turn Salafist insurgents into targets. But should such a powerful, virtually all‐​seeing aerial spying system be allowed to operate over American communities? Arthur Holland Michel, Deputy Director of the Center for the Study of the Drone, tackles this question in his new book, Eyes in the Sky: The Secret Rise of Gorgon Stare and How It Will Watch Us All. Join us on June 25 at 1:00 p.m. as an expert panel talks with Michel about his book and about Gorgon Stare’s implications for the constitutional rights of Americans.