Security/Liberty Debate

  • Event Start: 24th October 2017, 8:30pm
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This House Believes We Have Sacrificed Our Liberty for a False Promise of Security

With the threat of terror at critical levels, approaches such as ‘nothing to hide, nothing to fear’ are increasingly normalised within national security policies.  The NSA scandal in 2013 revealed widespread monitoring of personal data, while many argue that ‘Prevent’ legislation has had a chilling effect upon academic freedom.  By limiting civil liberties such as the right to privacy and the freedoms of speech, expression and movement, have we truly become more secure?

Speakers in Proposition

  • Secretary Jeh Johnson - US Secretary of Homeland Security under Obama, he previously served as General Counsel of the Department of Defense, and is now a Partner at Paul Weiss
  • Anthony Romero - The Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union since 2001, he is the first Latino and openly gay man to have assumed that role

Speakers in Opposition:

  • Bernarad Cazeneuve - A former Prime Minister of France, he had previously served as Minister of the Interior and Minister of State for the Budget
  • Avril Haines - Former Deputy Director of the CIA, she served in Obama's administration as the first female White House Deputy National Security Advisor

Prior to this debate, the Emergency Debate will be held at 7.45pm on a motion to be decided

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