The Secret World of Global Eavesdropping


a discussion with

JOHN YOUNG., Editor, (

Moderated by

PATRICK RADDEN KEEFE, Project Leader, The World Policy Institute

The human spy is a thing of the past: today, the United States devotes far more resources to high-tech electronic intelligence gathering than to more traditional forms of espionage. A hundred military and intelligence satellites circle the earth and secret American "listening stations" are scattered around the planet, intercepting billions of phone conversations and emails every day. How effective is this kind of spying by remote control? Can intelligence agencies successfully sort through the volumes of communications they intercept to locate and identify the proverbial ticking bomb? How does eavesdropping compare to on the ground

intelligence operations? And from the point of view of individual privacy and civil liberties, should American citizens trust the government to operate such a colossal surveillance apparatus without effective congressional oversight or public scrutiny? Join two experts on "communications intelligence" for an eye-opening discussion of these important issues.

Thursday, November 17, 2005, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Swayduck Auditorium, first floor, 65 Fifth Avenue (between East 13-14th sts.). Admission is $5.00.

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