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ACLU of Indiana to host discussion of government surveillance

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A panel of experts next week will take a closer look at the devices that are taking a closer look at us.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana will hold a panel discussion examining privacy and technology. Free and open to the public, the hour-long event will examine the potential for new surveillance of American life from things like drones, federal government and GPS location tracking.

Panelists include Jane Henegar, ACLU of Indiana executive director; Rep. Sue Errington, D-Muncie; and Rich Hanson of the Academy of Model Aeronautics. Phil Bremen, associate professor at Ball State University, will moderate the discussion.

The discussion, “Where Do We Draw the Line on Government Surveillance,” will be held from noon to 12:50 p.m. June 4 in Digital A&B Room of the Innovation Connector, 1208 W. White River Blvd, Muncie.

For more information, visit www.aclu-in.org.
 

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  • false opposition
    While I think they sometimes do good, for the most part I think the ACLU is a sop for big government. Now consider all these violations of privacy, warrantless searches done by the NSA: each and every one a violation of criminal law-- thoroughly documented-- and not a single one charged as a crime. A level of intrusion that makes King George look like a silly joke by comparison. Add to that a president that says he not only can assassinate foreigners with killer robot airplanes, but that he can kill American citizens abroad too . And has admittedly done so. (Anwar Al Aliki) With no due process at all.... Let's be frank. The federal executive branch has become LAWLESS. Add to that the anti-democratic judiciary, that lets the executive do whatever it wants, even as it strikes down legit democratic laws because powerful lobbies don't like them-- and a gutless, feckless Congress, afraid of their own shadow -- and you have a system that has become a mockery of itself. "illegitimate" is a word that comes to mind. But the ACLU-- they're good at "not overstating their case." And after all, their number one issue appears to be suppressing Christianity so why bother going hard and fast at Big Brother? Or was it gay rights? Seems like it comes down to what Lenin said "the best way to control the opposition is by leading it ourselves."
  • Julie Is Right
    After reading Julie Kuespert's comment I was amazed at the similarities. They do this to people ALL THE TIME, with little or no oversight. It's essentially gang stalking, orchestrated by police.
  • Coworkers allowed to invade privacy
    recently forced to take fmla leave,was harrassed for months,nothing done.made comment management was part of it if they refuse to do anything about it,they allowed coworkers access to work,home computers and cell and shared info with anyone and everyone thats what happens when you have access to others info and allow the wrong people access or allow them to monotor others.

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