PODCAST: Sunsetting the PATRIOT Act’s NSA Surveillance Authorities: Should Congress Reauthorize, Reform or Retire?

Date: Friday, May 1, 2015

On June 1, 2015 a set of key provisions of the PATRIOT Act will expire unless Congress reauthorizes them. The provisions due to sunset without Congressional reauthorization have become extremely controversial in the wake of the revelations by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. The PATRIOT Act serves as the basis the most controversial government program — the NSA’s “bulk collection program.” Civil liberties advocates and some Internet industry coalitions have called on Congress and the President either to let these provisions expire or to make substantial changes in the law that “maintain national security while preserving privacy, transparency, and accountability.”

There will be a great deal of public scrutiny on the Congressional decision and on each Members’ vote. We invite you to a debate on what is at stake in the reauthorization or in the revision of the PATRIOT Act.

Renowned Washington Post national security journalist Ellen Nakashima moderated our expert panel that includes the general counsel of the Director of National Security as well as civil liberties advocates and industry representatives. We hope you will avail yourself of this opportunity to participate in a debate on this important issue.


Chris Calabrese, Senior Policy Director, Center for Democracy & Technology
Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, Reform Government Surveillance
Neema Singh Guliani, Legislative Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union,
Robert S. Litt, General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Ellen Nakashima, National Security Reporter, The Washington Post (Moderator)