Laura Donohue

2017: Liberty Imperiled

In 2012, public alarm sounded when The Guardian revealed that the National Security Agency had been collecting data about Americans’ communications in the United States and overseas. Congress responded by prohibiting certain kinds of collection and requiring the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to appoint five amici curiae (friends of the court) to represent constitutional rights when novel questions of law arise. In her recent award-winning book, LAURA K. DONOHUE, Professor of Law at Georgetown and one of the five public advocates to FISC, argues that the approach to surveillance taken by the government amounts to a revival of the general warrant, which is precisely what the Founders tried to prohibit by enacting the Fourth Amendment. As new technologies emerge and federal power expands, at stake is the future of privacy in the United States. The program included a demonstration of drone and IT technology. No attendee’s privacy was invaded.

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