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SURVEILLANCE STATES: Government spying, civil liberties and the "special relationship": The American Civil Liberties Union, PEN American Center and Statewatch invite you to join experts from the US and UK at Garden Court Chambers on 31 May 2009 for a discussion of mass surveillance, its implications, and challenges to government policy and practice. The panel will be moderated by Carla Ferstman, director of REDRESS, a human rights organisation that helps torture survivors obtain justice and reparation. The panel will feature: JAMEEL JAFFER, director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)’s National Security Project; PATRICK RADDEN KEEFE is a fellow at the Century Foundation, a progressive policy think tank, and a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Slate, and other publications on issues of national security, civil liberties, human rights, and the rule of law; BEN HAYES, associate director of Statewatch; LARRY SIEMS, director of PEN American Center’s Freedom to Write program, which defends writers facing persecution around the world, and PEN’s Campaign for Core Freedoms, a major initiative to turn back new threats to freedom of expression in the United States. Date: Sunday, 31 May 2009: Time: 5:00pm - 6:30pm. Location: Garden Court Chambers, 57- 60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LS.www.statewatch.org...