KAHULUI – The ACLU of Hawaii presents a rare and provocative public discussion at the Davis Levin First Amendment Conference taking place this Saturday, February 14th, in Honolulu. Edward Snowden, known for his release of sensitive government documents will be video-streaming from Moscow to lead this discussion focusing on government surveillance and the rights of private citizens.
Akakū: Maui Community Media will be broadcasting the live discussion with Edward Snowden and Ben Wizner on Saturday, February 14th from 12:00pm to 1:30pm on Akakū Channel 55 and streaming online at www.akaku.org. In addition, Maui TV News reporter Paul Janes Brown will be in the Honolulu auditorium – live – and will report on his experience.
Edward Snowden’s release of documents detailing massive government surveillance sparked a raging global debate which continues to this day. Choosing not to remain anonymous, Snowden traded home and career for a life in exile, fleeing the U.S., and eventually taking residence in Russia.
A high-level intelligence analyst based in Hawai‘i, in 2013, Snowden provided documents to the press proving the existence (previously shrouded by government as highly sensitive state secrets) of multiple NSA programs that even today collect and use data on ordinary Americans on an extraordinary scale.
The program will also feature Snowden’s attorney and Director of the national ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, Ben Wizner. Speakers will share their views on whistleblowing, balancing government secrecy in wartime against the public’s right to know, and the possible futures facing free speech in America. Moderated by Aviam Soifer, Dean of the University of Hawai‘i William S. Richardson School of Law.
The Davis Levin First Amendment Conference is a lively, civil discussion between prominent constitutional thinkers fostering awareness & dialogue about the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, underwritten by the Davis Levin Livingston Charitable Foundation. Established as a public education project of the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i Foundation in 1997 with grants from the Robert M. Rees Trust & the law firm of Davis Levin Livingston, the Conference is named for attorneys Mark S. Davis & Stanley E. Levin for their work defending the First Amendment in Hawai‘i. Prior speakers: Daniel Ellsberg, Kenneth Starr, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Ralph Reed, Nadine Strossen, and Jay Sekulow.