University of Pittsburgh
September 23, 2004

Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and the American Civil Liberties Union Cosponsor Free Screening of The Cost of Freedom: Civil Liberties, Security, and the USA PATRIOT Act

Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH—The civil liberties implications of the USA PATRIOT Act will be explored at a free screening of The Cost of Freedom: Civil Liberties, Security, and the USA PATRIOT Act, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, in Room 3, Scaife Hall at the University of Pittsburgh, cosponsored by Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) and the Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, as well as the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The one-hour documentary, produced and directed by Chip Duncan for the

Duncan Group and Iowa Public Television, provides an in-depth look at the security measures implemented by the U.S. government following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The documentary features interviews with the framers of the

USA PATRIOT Act, as well as with legal scholars and activists on both sides of the debate.

The event will include a panel discussion featuring William Keller, the

Wesley W. Posvar Chair of International Security Studies at Pitt and director of the Ridgway Center; Lisa Nelson, assistant professor of legal studies in GSPIA; Linda Kelly, antiterrorism advisory council coordinator and senior litigation counselor, U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania; and Thomas Farrell, a partner with the law firm Reich, Alexander, Reisinger & Farrell and a member of the legal committee of the Greater Pittsburgh chapter of the ACLU.

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