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

Body Cameras Especially Urgent under Trump Administration

By Matthew Feeney. Forbes.com. December 2, 2016.

Beware Police Drones

By Matthew Feeney. Huffington Post. December 1, 2016.

Why the Left and the Right Should Oppose Government Registries

By Adam Bates and Alex Nowrasteh. Washington Examiner. November 18, 2016.

Cato Studies

Surveillance Takes Wing: Privacy in the Age of Police Drones

By Matthew Feeney. Policy Analysis No. 807. December 13, 2016.

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.

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

Gloucester County School Board v. G.G

By Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, and David McDonald. Legal Briefs. January 10, 2017.

Buehler v. Austin Police Depaprtment

By Ilya Shapiro, Devin Watkins, and Mickey H. Osterreicher. Legal Briefs. January 4, 2017.

Ferrer v. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

By Jessica Ring Amunson, Joshua M. Parker, Ilya Shapiro, & Manuel S. Klausner. Legal Briefs. November 22, 2016.

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

Will President Trump Threaten Free Speech?

Featuring Flemming Rose and John Samples. February 3, 2017. Policy Forum.

The 2016 Cato Surveillance Conference

Featuring Julian Sanchez and Patrick G. Eddington. December 14, 2016. Conference.

You Have the Right to Remain Innocent

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

Speeches

Academic Freedom and Free Speech

By Roger Pilon. March 16, 2016.