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Susan N. Herman, National President, American Civil Liberties Union 

Our national security agencies spare no effort in recruiting the most talented individuals into their service. People are recruited through appeals to their best intentions. They join because they want to serve our nation’s efforts in important matters such as preventing terrorism. In addition, large private employers pursue and hire talented employees skilled in the telecommunications and Internet fields. These government and private employees alike have reason to take the current state of surveillance seriously. The government employees may, like Edward Snowden, find the organization they serve stampeding constitutional rights in the name of national security. And the private sector employees, like whistleblowers Mark Klein and Nicholas Merrill, may find themselves conscripted into the “war on terror” through hundreds of thousands of federal government demands on their employers for information of all kinds, often backed by gag orders prohibiting them from telling anyone anything at all about those demands.

Many Caltech students will be drawn into national service as direct employees or as private contractors. They may also enter the private sector and face government demands for information they disagree with giving. The Edward Snowdens, Mark Kleins, and Nicholas Merrills of tomorrow could be Caltech students today. What can be done to prepare graduates for such eventualities before they enter the workforce? What should potential recruits know to protect themselves? What can people do if they discover wrongdoing by their employers? Join us as Susan N. Herman addresses these questions, tells the story of three whistleblowers, and explains why you should care about government dragnets and databases.

Susan will sign books after the event. Copies of Taking Liberties: the War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracywill be available for purchase; cash only, please.

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 and is the author of Taking Liberties: the War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy Oxford University Press, 2011.This event is intended to provide

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

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When: Wednesday, March 12th. 7:30 PM

Where: Beckman Institute Auditorium on the Campus of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena CA

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 campus here.


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