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Secrecy, Surveillance, and National Security: A Conversation with Professor Sudha Setty

  • Jones Library 43 Amity Street Amherst, MA, 01002 United States (map)

Since 9/11, successive U.S. administrations have kept Americans in the dark about controversial and sometimes illegal counterterrorism programs. Many of these policies are pursued in the name of national security without much regard for transparency and oversight. As the government becomes increasingly more secret in matters of national security, it has correspondingly sought to undermine the right to privacy of Americans through widespread surveillance and wiretapping programs. In 2018, as the Trump administration doubles down on its national security strategy, how do we ensure the rights of all Americans are protected?  How can we hold the government accountable when it resists oversight and transparency? How should we understand the tradeoff between security and privacy? What models do other democracies offer to guarantee government accountability and the rule of law when it comes to national security? Join us on January 30 to hear constitutional law expert, Sudha Setty, unpack this complex issue and discuss her new book, National Security Secrecy: Comparative Effects on Democracy and the Rule of Law (Cambridge University Press, 2017)