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Why Are Politicians Always Trying to Scare Us?
Recorded: Thursday, December 6, 2007

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Experts: Robert Higgs, David J. Theroux
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Government Power, Politics, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Why Are Politicians Always Trying to Scare Us?
Recorded: Thursday, December 6, 2007

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From ancient times to the present, politicians, bureaucrats, and interest groups have gained resources and control over the public by playing to people’s fears of various “crises” and by offering “solutions” that often only make problems worse.

Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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The 2006 Thomas S. Szasz Awards and An Evening With Robert Higgs
Recorded: Wednesday, December 6, 2006

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The reception and presentation of the Thomas S. Szasz Awards for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties to Robert Higgs and Robert Spillane, followed by a special forum featuring Dr. Higgs on “Liberty and Leviathan.”

Experts: Robert Higgs, Robert Spillane, Thomas S. Szasz
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Government Power, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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The Reality and Legacy of the Iraq War
Recorded: Tuesday, October 17, 2006

The elections in Iraq have not resolved the main problems there—a constitutional crisis, continued terrorism, a potent Sunni rebellion, and fighting between religious and ethnic groups that could result in a full-blown civil war. Is the Iraq war a hopeless quagmire that has been lost, or can the U.S. still foster a united, peaceful and prosperous Iraq? If the latter, how can this be achieved? Should the Iraqi constitution be revised and, if so, how? Should the U.S. withdraw its forces-with Iraq partitioned-or use the threat of withdrawal to pressure Iraqi groups into a negotiated settlement? Should the U.S. extract troops rapidly, pull them out gradually, stay the course with current Bush administration policy, or escalate its involvement? This very timely policy forum, featuring Mark Danner and Ivan Eland, will address these critical issues.

Experts: Mark Danner, Ivan Eland
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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How and How Not to Fight Terrorism
Recorded: Tuesday, March 1, 2005

with Michael Scheuer, author of "Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror."

hosted by David Theroux, founder and president of The Independent Institute

Experts: Michael Scheuer
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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The Patriot Acts I & II: The New Assault on Liberty?
Recorded: Thursday, November 13, 2003

The recent unveiling of White House plans for PATRIOT Act II has raised concerns nationwide about the state of American civil liberties in a time of crisis. Since the attacks on September 11 and the enactment of the USA PATRIOT Act, the Bush administration has clashed with civil libertarians over allegations of constitutional violations and the excessive use of government powers. With an expansion of the PATRIOT Act now before Congress, what do the American people stand to gain or lose from its passage? Is the increased power of law enforcement a necessary response to terrorism or a reckless assault on our constitutional protections? Please join the Independent Institute’s Center on Peace & Liberty and our panel of distinguished experts as we examine the key issues in this crucial national debate.

David Cole

Professor of Law, Georgetown University, and author of Enemy Aliensand Terrorism and the Constitution: Sacrificing Civil Liberties in the Name of National Security

Margaret Russell

Member, ACLU National Board, past Chair of ACLU Northern California, and Professor of Law, Santa Clara University.

James Bovard

Journalist, Policy Analyst, and Author of Terrorism and Tyranny: Trampling Freedom, Justice and Peace to Rid the World of Evil and Lost Rights

Experts: James Bovard, David Cole, Ivan Eland, Margaret Russell
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Defense and Foreign Policy, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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The U.S. War on Terrorism: Myths and Realities
Recorded: Tuesday, September 24, 2002

"Nothing will be the same after September 11." This is the view offered since the announcement of the war on terrorism, a "permanent war" declared with an ill-defined objective and unclear enemies. At this upcoming Independent Policy Forum and based on his new book, Theater of War, Lewis H. Lapham will instead discuss with intelligence and wit why the recent behavior of the U.S. government is consistent with that of past administrations. Politicians have long fostered pork, corporate welfare, government surveillance, and global interventionism that have created a more dangerous world. Now, we face the prospects of a major war in Iraq combined with the Orwellian USA PATRIOT Act, TIPS domestic spying program, Department of Homeland Security, incarcerations without charge or trial, militarized domestic law enforcement and airport security, and national ID cards.

Until recently, hearing skeptics of the "permanent war" has largely been a rarity. For example, as Lapham points out: "Ted Koppel struck the preferred note of caution on November 2 when introducing the Nightline audience to critics of the American bombing of Afghanistan: 'Some of you, many of you, are not going to like what you hear tonight. You don't have to listen.'" Unpopular, informed opinions seldom appear on the network news, and since the destruction of the World Trade Center, dissenting voices have been few and far between. However, Lewis Lapham is a major exception, questioning the motive, feasibility and morality, as well as the imperial pretension, of an infinite and dangerous, U.S. global-war crusade.

This special program with Lewis Lapham and a distinguished panel of journalists, Alan W. Bock, Jonathan Marshall, Seth Rosenfeld, and Paul H. Weaver, discusses the "U.S. War on Terrorism: Myths and Realities."

Experts: Lewis H. Lapham, Seth Rosenfeld, Paul H. Weaver
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Big Brother is Watching
Recorded: Thursday, June 6, 2002

To outsiders, its initials once stood for “No Such Agency.” To its employees, they stood for “Never Say Anything.” Today the public knows that the ultra-secret National Security Agency manages the nation’s spy satellites, but few know exactly why the NSA is the most powerful U.S. intelligence agency—or its roles in the Cold War, the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and Echelon, the worldwide NSA spying operation that, many charge, is illegally monitoring innocent citizens. No outsider knows more about the NSA than investigative journalist James Bamford, who began to research it before most members of Congress had even heard of it. In this talk, Mr. Bamford explained why he believes the NSA is a dangerous, two-edged sword.

Experts: James Bamford
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Constitutional Law, Defense and Foreign Policy, Democracy, Freedom, Government Waste/Pork, History (U.S), Law Enforcement, Politics, Technology, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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