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New revelations of government surveillance programs are raising questions in the civil liberties community about ways to improve the balance between individual privacy rights and terrorism prevention.

Library advocates are encouraged to participate in the “WE TOLD YOU SO…Proven Use of the “Library Provision,” an interactive session on surveillance issues that will be held during the 2013 Annual American Library Association. The session will take place in the McCormick Place Convention Center (in room S501BCD) on Sunday, June 30, 2013, 3:00-4:00p.m.

Mike German
Mike German

Michael German, senior policy counsel, of the American Civil Liberties Union, will teach participants about the latest wholesale use of Section 215 by the Administration to get cell phone records from cell carriers and how those carriers just turned over all subscriber phone records.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear about surveillance of AP Wire Service reporters, the search for whistleblowers and the implications for the First Amendment and Freedom of the Press of these activities.

German develops policy positions and pro-active strategies concerning national security and open government.  Prior to joining the ACLU, Mr. German served for sixteen years as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he specialized in domestic terrorism and covert operations.

Mr. German served as an adjunct professor for Law Enforcement and Terrorism at the National Defense University and is a Senior Fellow with Mr. German’s first book, “Thinking Like a Terrorist,” was published in January 2007.  He has a B.A. in Philosophy from Wake Forest University and a J.D. from Northwestern University Law School.

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Lynne Bradley

Lynne Bradley is a former member of the Washington Office government relations team.

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