Cindy Cohn, legal director at EFF, describes the Bush-Obama surveillance programs in this Boiling Frogs interview, co-hosted with Sibel Edmonds
Cohn joins us to discuss the critical constitutional questions raised by the governmentâ€™s ongoing warrantless-illegal surveillance of American citizens without probable cause or a judicial warrant, and the implications of billions of everyday communications of ordinary Americans being swept up by government computers and run through a process that includes both data-mining and review of content. She provides us with her assessment of Obamaâ€™s presidency and his track record in not only maintaining but expanding the previous administrationâ€™s system of secrecy and abuse of power through authoritarian legal doctrines such as state secrets privilege. Cohn talks about the disappearance of separation of powers, the total abdication of responsibility by the US Congress, and the speedy rise of the police state in America today.
Cindy Cohn is the Legal Director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation as well as its General Counsel. Outside the Courts, Cohn has testified before Congress, been featured in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere for her work on cyberspace issues. The National Law Journal named Cohn one of 100 most influential lawyers in America in 2006 for â€œrushing to the barricades wherever freedom and civil liberties are at stake online.â€ In 2007 the Journal named her one of the 50 most influential women lawyers in America. In 2010 Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of California awarded her its Intellectual Property Vanguard Award.