DESCRIPTION
Because of the work of Edward Snowden and a growing list of journalists around the world, the US government has now admitted that the NSA has been engaged in mass surveillance of Americans along with others around the world.

The government vacuums up massive amounts of communications and communications records, then uses various techniques to search and sort through them, claiming that the initial collection is legally justified by the techniques by which it does the sorting and discarding of untargeted material.

Learn about the most controversial programs, and walk through how the Fourth and First Amendments might apply to them. Learn, also, about the status of various litigation challenges and legislative proposals to reform the NSA, the FISA Court, and surveillance law.

SPEAKER
Cindy Cohn is the Legal Director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation as well as its General Counsel. The National Law Journal named Ms. Cohn one of 100 most influential lawyers in America in 2013, noting: “[I]f Big Brother is watching, he better look out for Cindy Cohn.” She was also named in 2006 for “rushing to the barricades wherever freedom and civil liberties are at stake online.” In 2007 the National Law Journal named her one of the 50 most influential women lawyers in America.

Program recorded on June 26, 2014.