the legality and efficacy of eavesdropping

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New York Public Library

Public Programs
Upcoming Programs
Monday, May 8, 2006


Patrick Radden Keefe, James Risen, Adm. Bob Inman and Jeffrey Rosen,

7:00 PM
South Court Auditorium

$15 general admission and $10 library donors, seniors and students
with valid identification

Recent revelations about a warrantless surveillance program
administered by the National Security Agency raise troubling questions
about the legality and efficacy of eavesdropping inside the United
States, and the politics of secrecy and disclosure in an age of
terrorism. Join James Risen, who just received a Pulitzer Prize for
his New York Times scoop on secret domestic eavesdropping, and wrote
State of War: The Secret History of the C.I.A. and the Bush
Administration; Admiral Bob Inman, former Director of the NSA; and
Patrick Radden Keefe, author of Chatter: Dispatches from the Secret
World of Global Eavesdropping, for a candid, in-depth discussion of
the high-tech side of American espionage, and the challenge of
balancing an aggressive pursuit of terrorist cells inside America's
borders with statutory and constitutional protections of privacy and
civil liberties. The conversation will be moderated by Jeffrey Rosen,
the legal affairs editor of The New Republic, a frequent contributor
to NPR, and author of The Unwanted Gaze: The Destruction of Privacy in
America and his just published The Most Democratic Branch: How the
Courts Serve America.

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