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

Republicans and Democrats Are Both Wrong about Leaks from Intelligence Agencies

By Julian Sanchez. Washington Post. May 26, 2017.

Know Your Rights When Stopped by Police

By Tim Lynch. USA Today. May 15, 2017.

The New FISA Reform Still Doesn’t Protect Your Privacy

By Patrick G. Eddington. American Conservative. May 2, 2017.

Cato Studies

Commercial Speech and the Values of Free Expression

By Martin H. Redish. Policy Analysis. June 19, 2017.

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.

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

16th Annual Constitution Day

Featuring Roger Pilon, Ilya Shapiro, Clay Calvert, Mark Chenoweth, Robert Corn-Revere, Trevor Burrus, David Goldberg, David G. Post, Thaya Brook Knight, Walter Olson, Richard W. Garnett, Christopher Landau, Neal Katyal, Nina Totenberg, & Philip Hamburger. September 18, 2017. Conference.

A Debt Against the Living: An Introduction to Originalism

Featuring Ilya Shapiro and Ilan Wurman. July 24, 2017. Book Forum.

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.

Speeches

Academic Freedom and Free Speech

By Roger Pilon. March 16, 2016.