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Should a Pandemic Pause Our Civil Liberties?

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Originally Aired: Thursday, April 16, 2020

Overview

It is undeniably important that we contain the spread, flatten the curve, and keep as many people healthy as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Does that mean making temporary sacrifices, or might the changes we make now affect our civil liberties well after this crisis has passed?

In this live video stream event, join host Angélique Roché as she talks with journalist and author Masha Gessen, Faiza Patel, director of Liberty and National Security at The Brennan Center, Amol Sinha and executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, New Jersey.

Watch live at 7pm ET:

We all know that businesses have been ordered to shut and we have been told to stop all of our daily activities. There is so much more happening: Borders are closing. Draconian policies are proposed in prisons and detention centers. Our Justice Department is asking for permission to detain people indefinitely without trial.

In the US and elsewhere, governments and private companies alike are using drones and cell phone trackers to monitor citizens’ movements. And it seems like everyone is letting Zoom see into our homes and listen to our most private conversations, without necessarily knowing where that private data will go.  

Tune in to this conversation about who has the power to restrict our lives and encroach on our privacy, the precedents that exist for a roll back on our rights during emergencies, who is most affected by these law enforcement and security measures and what all of it means for us as a country going forward.

 

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