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Law Professor: When It Comes to NSA Surveillance, What Do We Want the Law to Do?

January 23, 2014
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Colin Starger, assistant professor in the University of Baltimore School of Law, said on WYPR's Midday with Dan Rodricks show that in examining what to do about National Security Agency spying and the continuing revelations about the agency's methods and reach—revelations that have come to light via former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who is now being sought for federal prosecution—citizens and lawmakers should consider how the law should be shaped to achieve a better balance between law enforcement and freedom.

"It's one of those situations where the law is really indeterminate," Starger said. "It's not exactly right to ask the question, 'What does the law say?' Really, the question is: 'What do we want the law to be?' ... What's the balance we want between security and liberty? ... Right now, the balance is well off. It's far too much in favor of security."

Check out a podcast from the Jan. 23 show.

Learn more about Prof. Starger.