Join us for the first annual Libertas Institute Liberty Forum! Hear from Libertas Institute staff, Utah legislators, and nationally renowned speakers on the state of liberty in 2014.
Utah lawmakers who received a 85% or higher on their Legislator Index for this year's session will be presented with a "Defender of Liberty" award and given an opportunity to share their thoughts.
FIRST GUEST SPEAKER:
Bill Binney is a former highly placed intelligence official with the NSA turned whistleblower who resigned on October 31, 2001, after more than 30 years with the agency. He was a high-profile critic of his former employers during the George W. Bush administration, and was the subject of FBI investigations, including a raid on his home in 2007. Mr. Binney has also been publicly critical of the NSA for spying on U.S. citizens, saying of the agency's abilities that "it's better than anything that the KGB, the Stasi, or the Gestapo and SS ever had."
In an interview with Libertas Institute, he discussed technology he developed that would allow the government to prevent terrorist attacks without requiring surveillance of American citizens. Mr. Binney alleges that the NSA consciously chose not to use his program, and opted instead to engage in bulk data collection on innocent people. He will discuss his history with the NSA, his experiences as a whistleblower, his impressions of Edward Snowden and recent revelations, and why Utah should refuse to support the Utah Data Center and the NSA's activities.
SECOND GUEST SPEAKER:
Tom Woods, senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his master’s, M.Phil., and Ph.D. in history from Columbia University. He is the author of eleven books, including several New York Times bestsellers, and founder of Liberty Classroom. You can also listen to him on Tom Woods Radio.
Mr. Woods will discuss how the "checks and balances" you learned about in school are not effective, and how the real check and balance against an oppressive federal government has historically been the several state legislatures. Learn about interposition, nullification, and what "state's rights" really means.
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