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Freedom & Secrecy: Trading Liberty for Security?

October 2, 2003

Boise State University
Boise, Idaho

In this changed world, what is happening to the American notion of “freedom?” Do perceived requirements for secrecy in legal proceedings, in the making and execution of foreign policy, and in access to information alter the boundaries of freedom?

During a one day conference on October 2nd at the Boise State University Student Union, we brought together voices from all sides of the issues surrounding the clash of values between freedom and secrecy in a democratic society.

Among the speakers and panelists were David Broder, Washington Post reporter and national columnist, Walter F. Mondale, Former Vice President, Ambassador, and U.S. Senator, and Slade Gorton, Former U.S. Senator and Member of the 9-11 Commission.

Copies of the transcript and conference report are available in printed form from the Andrus Center or use the following links to download a .pdf version.

Download Freedom & Secrecy Conference Transcript (.pdf format 700k)

Download Freedom & Secrecy Conference Report (.pdf format 680k)