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

‘Bad Hombres’ Aren’t the Only Ones Trump’s Scary New Surveillance Tool Will Catch

By Matthew Feeney. Reason. April 10, 2017.

Fear Beats Civil Liberties, Every Time

By Matthew Feeney. Medium. April 7, 2017.

Don’t Check the Bill of Rights at the Airport

By Matthew Feeney. Forbes.com. March 20, 2017.

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

Blasphemy: A Victimless Crime or a Crime in Search of a Victim?

Flemming Rose. The Fall and Rise of Blasphemy Law. October 17, 2016.

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.

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 Department

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

National ID Systems

Cato Handbook for Policymakers. Cato Handbook for Policymakers, 8th Edition (2017).

Flemming Rose

Flemming Rose. Policy Report. July/August 2016.

Nadine Strossen

Policy Report. July/August 2016.

Events

Stingrays: A New Frontier in Police Surveillance

Featuring Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Julian Sanchez, Adam Bates, & Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD). February 15, 2017. Policy Forum.

Will President Trump Threaten Free Speech?

Featuring Flemming Rose, Robert Corn-Revere, John Samples, & F. H. Buckley. February 3, 2017. Policy Forum.

The 2016 Cato Surveillance Conference

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

Speeches

Academic Freedom and Free Speech

By Roger Pilon. March 16, 2016.