Pitt-Bradford will hold a social sciences symposium to examine leaks
to the media by former CIA employee and National Security Agency contractor
The symposium will feature retired
Army Co. Wes Martin; Dr. Tony Gaskew, associate professor of criminology at
Pitt-Bradford; and David Schummer, who teaches philosophy at Pitt-Bradford, and
will take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Lester and Barbara Rice Auditorium
of Fisher Hall.
Martin will discuss how the NSA came
to be in its present situation. He will also talk about the national security implications
of the information that Snowden made available to the public and will indicate
his view regarding how the United States should deal with Snowden.
Gaskew will discuss the situation
from a criminal justice perspective and whether or not Snowden committed any
Schummer will analyze the issue and
indicate the relevance of various ethical theories such as individual rights
versus the rights of the nation and the requirements for national security.
Snowden is alleged to have provided
various media outlets with top-secret NSA documents that revealed a global
surveillance program by the United States that included Internet surveillance
and mass gathering of telephone metadata in the United States and Europe.
Refreshments will be served. Pitt-Bradford’s
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences is sponsoring the symposium.
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