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When: Wednesday, March 12th. 7:30 PM
Where: 1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91125

ACLU Edward Snowden

Beckman Institute Auditorium on the Campus of the

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

Contact: Robert M. Nelson, 818-635-5536,

Susan N. Herman, the president of the national American Civil Liberties Union will address students at the California Institute of Technology and interested community members Wednesday evening on the topic of how to avoid the problems faced by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The Caltech campus is a fertile recruiting ground where technically talented individuals are drawn into the service of the intelligence agencies. They are recruited by appeals to their best intentions. They want to serve our nation’s efforts in important matters such as preventing terrorism.

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However, once they are recruited, they sometimes discover illegal activities within their own agencies, such as the National Security Agency’s program of domestic spying on all Americans. Unfortunately, once they are ‘on the inside’ they are unable to bring these illegal activities to the attention of the public. If they blow the whistle they place themselves at great risk.

Susan Herman will discuss what can be done to prepare prospective recruits for such eventualities before they sign up. What should potential recruits know to protect themselves? What can they do if they discover wrongdoing by the very government agencies they joined to serve?

This event is intended to provide an information sharing forum for faculty, students and the general public.

Susan N. Herman is President of the American Civil Liberties Union. She is Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, where she teaches courses in Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure, and presents seminars on Law and Literature, and Terrorism and Civil Liberties. She writes extensively on constitutional and criminal procedure topics for scholarly publications, law reviews, books, and periodicals. She is the author of ‘Taking Liberties: the War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy’Oxford University Press, 2011.

Directions: Pasadena Freeway to California Bl. East on California to Wilson Avenue. North on Wilson Avenue from California Bl. The Auditorium is on the right side behind the large open Beckman lawn. The room is accessed from the northeast side of the central courtyard.

Web map of Caltech Campusis available here.

ACLU Edward Snowden

Cosponsored by: the Caltech “Y” Social Activism Speaker Series and the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California