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Benjamin Franklin’s New Desk: The 2012 Ed Likover Memorial Lecture » Cleveland

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” –Benjamin Franklin

Franklin’s words from 1759 still ring true, particularly in a post-9/11 America. What do we give up in the name of stopping crime? In preventing terrorism? Government surveillance is lose-lose. It can undermine our security, and betray the values and rights we expect from our government.

Join Professor Susan Herman, National ACLU President, for a discussion on how government surveillance strips away our privacy and tramples our First Amendment freedoms.

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