Civil liberties experts to debate at MTSU

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee State University chapter of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) will host a debate with three civil liberties experts at 7 tonight in the Business and Aerospace Building.

Topics to be covered include habeas corpus, the PATRIOT Act, extraordinary rendition, torture, regime change, and a general discussion about how the war on terrorism has infringed upon the rights of U.S. citizens in the name of making us safe.

The three speakers for the evening - Glenn Greenwald (liberal), Bruce Fein (conservative), and Jacob Hornberger (libertarian) - are to speak in the State Farm Room, Room S102. The panel event is free and open to the public and will be also be streamed live online.

The video is hosted on, according to YAL Communications Director Bonnie Kristian.

"Go to the top of the page, see a graphic for the event and scroll down the page until you see the video," Kristian said. "It's about a third of the way down the page. It's very easy to find. If you can watch YouTube, you ought to be able to see this."

Kristian provided the following descriptions of the speakers.

Glenn Greenwald is a former Constitutional and civil rights litigator and is the author of two New York Times bestselling books on the Bush administration's executive power and foreign policy abuses. His just-released book, "With Liberty and Justice for Some," is an indictment of America's two-tiered system of justice, which vests political and financial elites with immunity even for egregious crimes while subjecting ordinary Americans to the world's largest and most merciless penal state.

Greenwald was named by The Atlantic as one of the 25 most influential political commentators in the nation. He is the recipient of the first annual I.F. Stone Award for Independent Journalism, and is the winner of the 2010 Online Journalism Association Award for his investigative work on the arrest and oppressive detention of Bradley Manning.

Bruce Fein commands impressive experience and influence in the corridors of both national and international power. He graduated from Harvard Law School with honors in 1972. After a coveted federal judicial clerkship, he joined the U.S. Department of Justice where he served as assistant director of the Office of Legal Policy, legal adviser to the assistant attorney general for antitrust, and the associate deputy attorney general. He has authored several volumes on the United States Supreme Court, the United States Constitution, and international law.

Fein has also assisted three dozen countries in constitutional revision, including Russia, Spain, South Africa, Iraq, Cyprus, and Mozambique, and consulted foreign nations on matters ranging from telecommunications and cable regulation to sugar quotas, oil and gas pipelines, immigration, election laws, and human rights.

Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. He was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and received his B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute and his law degree from the University of Texas. He was a trial attorney for 12 years in Texas. He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, where he taught law and economics. Mr. Hornberger left the practice of law to become director of programs at The Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington-on-Hudson, N.Y., publisher of The Freeman and later found FFF.

He has also advanced freedom and free markets on talk-radio stations all across the country as well as on Fox News' Neil Cavuto and Greta van Susteren shows. Most recently, he has regularly appeared as a commentator on Fox News' legal commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano's Internet-based show Freedom Watch. He is a co-editor or contributor to the eight books that have been published by the Foundation.

This event is part of a four-stop Civil Liberties College Tour which will be moderated by Jack Hunter, and hosted by Young Americans for Liberty chapters at Columbia University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Middle Tennessee State University, and Ohio State University in conjunction with The Future of Freedom Foundation.

Young Americans for Liberty is the largest, most active, and fastest growing libertarian and conservative organization on America's college campuses, with a network of more than 300 chapters nationwide. YAL seeks to recruit, train, educate, and mobilize students on the ideals of individual liberty and the U.S. Constitution. Learn more at