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Politics and Pizza

Tuesday, November 19, 2013, from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Wilson Hall, Poli Sci Commons

ACLU Attorney to Lead Discussion on NSA Surveillance and Civil Liberties, November 19, 2013, at 4:30 pm

The MSU Political Science Department will host a discussion led by Montana ACLU Attorney and Public Policy Director Niki Zupanic on NSA Surveillance and Civil Liberties. The discussion is part of the Political Science Department's ongoing "Pizza and Politics" series of events in which people with special knowledge of important contemporary political issues voluntarily join the department to lead a discussion among students, faculty, and interested community participants.

In June of this year the ACLU joined the New York Civil Liberties Union in filing a constitutional challenge to a National Security Agency surveillance program that scoops up information about every phone call placed within, from, or to the United States, arguing that the program violates the First Amendment protection of free speech and Fourth Amendment privacy rights. "The complaint also charges that the dragnet program exceeds the authority that Congress provided through the Patriot Act," says the ACLU's June 11 news release.

Since former NSA contractor employee and whistleblower Edward Snowden took off for Hong Kong and gave his first interview to journalist Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, revelations arising from his leaked NSA information have drawn worldwide criticism and in some cases condemnation of US surveillance, from privacy advocates and civil liberties advocates in the US to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The event is free, open to the public and held in the commons area just outside the Political Science Department office in Wilson Hall. The NSA/ACLU discussion will begin at 4:30, Tuesday, November 19th, 2013, and last until about 6 pm. Pizza arrives toward the end of the discussion.