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Cato Upcoming Events http://www.cato.org/events/calendar.html events@cato.org The Cato Institute seeks to broaden the parameters of public policy debate to allow consideration of the traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, free markets and peace. Toward that goal, the Institute strives to achieve greater involvement of the intelligent, concerned lay public in questions of policy and the proper role of government. en-us​Wed, 25 Jul 2012 12:00:00 -0400 Policy Forum: "The Surveillance Iceberg: The FISA Amendments Act and Mass Spying without Accountability" | July 25 @ 12:00 pm​http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CatoEvents/~3/XL1EYfC2Op8/event.php​<p></p> <p><p>History teaches that government spying is naturally subject to abuse without strong oversight, yet only the tiniest fraction of electronic surveillance of Americans&#8212;the tip of a vast and rapidly growing iceberg&#8212;is meaningfully visible to Congress, let alone the general public. Under the controversial FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Amendments Act of 2008, set to expire at the end of the year, the National Security Agency is empowered to vacuum up the international communications of Americans under sweeping authorizations that dispense with the need for individual warrants. Despite reports of large-scale overcollection of Americans' e-mails and phone calls, including purely domestic traffic, the NSA has brazenly refused to give Congress any estimate of how many citizens' private conversations are being captured in its vast databases, and legislators have shown little willingness to demand greater transparency as they prepare to reauthorize the law. Increasingly, even ordinary criminal investigations employ off-the-books electronic surveillance techniques that circumvent federal reporting requirements. The public is informed about the few thousand wiretaps authorized every year but remains largely in the dark about newer and far more prevalent techniques, such as the routine use of cell phones as sophisticated tracking devices.</p> <p>Join us for a look behind the veil of secrecy and a discussion of how to establish sorely needed accountability.</p></p><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CatoEvents?a=XL1EYfC2Op8:KpP50qHY8ts:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CatoEvents?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CatoEvents?a=XL1EYfC2Op8:KpP50qHY8ts:dnMXMwOfBR0"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CatoEvents?d=dnMXMwOfBR0" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CatoEvents?a=XL1EYfC2Op8:KpP50qHY8ts:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CatoEvents?i=XL1EYfC2Op8:KpP50qHY8ts:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CatoEvents?a=XL1EYfC2Op8:KpP50qHY8ts:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CatoEvents?i=XL1EYfC2Op8:KpP50qHY8ts:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CatoEvents?a=XL1EYfC2Op8:KpP50qHY8ts:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CatoEvents?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CatoEvents?a=XL1EYfC2Op8:KpP50qHY8ts:l6gmwiTKsz0"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CatoEvents?d=l6gmwiTKsz0" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CatoEvents?a=XL1EYfC2Op8:KpP50qHY8ts:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/CatoEvents?i=XL1EYfC2Op8:KpP50qHY8ts:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoEvents/~4/XL1EYfC2Op8" height="1" width="1"/>