Our constitutional system of checks and balances is broken. A Congress in the hands of corporations and their lobbyists can no longer protect the public from special interests and government, with its surveillance and endless wars for oil and profit. Independent media have emerged as a powerful check on government abuses. Whistleblowers play an increasing and vital role in getting information to the public.
Our five panelists will engage in a lively discussion of the public’s need for greater transparency and constitutional protection from government intrusion and abuse. How do “We the People” protect ourselves?
Daniel Ellsberg: Activist, whistleblower, co-founder of the Freedom of the Press Foundation.
Trevor Timm: Journalist and Columnist for the UK Guardian, executive director of Freedom of the Press Foundation.
Marjorie Cohn: Law professor at Jefferson School of Law; author and human rights activist; former president of the National Lawyers Guild.
Ahmed Ghappour: Hastings College professor of law; national security and cybersecurity litigator.
This Forum is the third in a series of Civil Liberty forums presented by St. John�s Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, California.