Wayne Morse Legacy Series Event
“National Security, Civil Liberties and the Surveillance State”
Presented by Senator Ron Wyden
Senator Ron Wyden is widely recognized as a leading voice in the U.S. Congress for more open and transparent national security policies. He has issued warnings about how the PATRIOT Act is being implemented, particularly surveillance policies of the National Security Agency. He will discuss the tension between civil liberties and national security and what needs to be done to ensure that both liberty and security are protected.
This event is part of the Wayne Morse Legacy Series presented by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. Wayne Morse was known for many policies that he championed – labor rights, civil rights, aid to education and conservation. However, his most enduring legacy is his consistent and courageous dissent against the Vietnam War. These programs highlight Morse’s prescient opposition to the war on constitutional and moral grounds and the continuing issues of war powers and military policy.