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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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The Real Abraham Lincoln: A Debate
Recorded: Tuesday, May 7, 2002

Many Americans consider Abraham Lincoln to be the greatest president in history. His legend as the Great Emancipator has grown to mythic proportions as hundreds of books and a monument in Washington, D.C., extol his heroism and martyrdom. Is Lincoln’s reputation deserved? Lincoln defender Harry V. Jaffa (author of the new book, A New Birth of Freedom) will argue that Lincoln was a model statesman who stuck by high-minded principles as he fought to promote liberty. Lincoln critic Thomas DiLorenzo (author of the new book, The Real Lincoln) will argue that Lincoln was a calculating politician who waged the bloodiest war in American history not to free the slaves, but in order to build an empire that rivaled Great Britain’s. Was Lincoln a great hero or a villain? Did he honor the promise of America—or betray it?

Experts: Thomas J. DiLorenzo, Harry V. Jaffa
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: History (U.S)

       
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The American Revolution and the Legacy of Liberty
Recorded: Thursday, September 7, 2000

With the words, “Give me liberty, or give me death,” Patrick Henry sounded the keynote of the American Revolution. After the Revolution, Henry and his supporters blocked the Constitution’s ratification until it bore the amendments known as the Bill of Rights. Mindful of these principles, the first generation of Americans reinvented themselves and their society. But how exactly did their values transform politics, economics, and culture in the new republic? Celebrated historians Joyce Appleby and Hans Eicholz discussed the passions and lives of these bold people and the legacy they bequeathed to future generations.

Experts: Joyce O. Appleby, Hans Eicholz
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Freedom, History (U.S)

       
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Pearl Harbor: Official Lies in an American War Tragedy?
Recorded: Wednesday, May 24, 2000

The great question of Pearl Harbor: what did U.S. government officials know and when did they know it? Ithas been argued for years. After decades of Freedom of Information Act requests, Robert Stinnett was finally able to examine the long-hidden evidence, shattering every shibboleth of Pearl Harbor. He finds that not only was the attack expected, it was deliberately provoked through an eight-step program devised by the Navy for President Franklin Roosevelt. Could Pearl Harbor have neither been an "accident" nor a mere "failure" of U.S. intelligence nor a "brilliant" Japanese military coup? Could the tragedy at Pearl Harbor have been a carefully orchestrated design, initiated at the highest government levels in order to galvanize a peace-loving American public to go to war? Robert Stinnett will discuss this startling issue in detail.

Robert B. Stinnett

Former Journalist, Oakland Tribune and BBC.

Author of the books, George Bush: His World War II Years and Day of Deceit: The Truth about FDR and Pearl Harbor.

Experts: Robert B. Stinnett
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Government Secrecy, History (International), History (U.S), Nationalism, Politics, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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The Civil War: Liberty and American Leviathan
Recorded: Wednesday, November 17, 1999

The Civil War was a great turning point in American history. It abolished the evil of slavery, established federal power over the states, and—paradoxically—created precedents that restrict individual freedom today. The ideas and personalities of the Civil War are forever etched in our memory, but they are not merely of historic interest. Based on their acclaimed books, Henry Mayer and Jeffrey Rogers Hummel will discuss the abolitionists, political and business interests, war mobilization and conduct, etc.—and how they continue to shape American society.

Jeffrey Rogers Hummel Professor of Economics, Golden Gate University

Henry E. Mayer National Book Award Finalist Author, All on Fire: William Lloyd Garrison and the Abolition of Slavery

Experts: Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, Henry E. Mayer
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: History (U.S)

       
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Virtual Money, Privacy, and the Internet
Recorded: Wednesday, October 20, 1999

October 20, 1999 The Independent Institute, Oakland, CA

Peter A. Thiel Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Confinity, Inc., and Research Fellow at The Independent Institute

Richard W. Rahn President, Novecon Corporation; former Chief Economist, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and author of the book, The End of Money and the Struggle for Financial Privacy

Experts: Richard W. Rahn, Peter A. Thiel
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Banking and Finance, Economic Policy, Economists, Free Market Economics, History (U.S), Technology

       
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