Nadine Strossen
Former President, ACLU; Professor of Law; New York Law School
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Nadine Strossen: How should the government enforce the Constitution?

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First of all, Strossen says, the government shouldn't violate individual rights.

Nadine Strossen

Nadine Strossen has written, lectured, and practiced extensively in the areas of constitutional law, civil liberties, and international human rights. From 1991 through 2008 she served as president of the American Civil Liberties Union, the first woman to head the nation’s largest and oldest civil liberties organization. Professor Strossen retains leadership positions with the ACLU as a member of its National Advisory Council and Co-Chair of its Campaign for the Future.

The National Law Journal has twice named Professor Strossen one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” In 1996, Working Woman Magazine listed her among the “350 Women Who Changed the World 1976–1996.” In 1997, Upside Magazine included her in the “Elite 100: 100 Executives Leading The Digital Revolution.” In 1998, Vanity Fair Magazine included Professor Strossen in “America’s 200 Most Influential Women.” In 1999, Ladies’ Home Journal included her in “America’s 100 Most Important Women.” In 2005, Professor Strossen was honored by the University of Tulsa College of Law and the Tulsa Law Review, which made her scholarly work the subject of their Fifth Annual Legal Scholarship Symposium titled “Nadine Strossen: Scholar as Activist.”

Professor Strossen’s writings have been published in many scholarly and general interest publications (more than 250 published works). Her book, Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women’s Rights (Scribner, 1995), was named by The New York Times as a “Notable Book” of 1995 and was republished in 2000 by NYU Press, with a new introduction by the author. Her coauthored book, Speaking of Race, Speaking of Sex: Hate Speech, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties (NYU Press, 1995), was named an “outstanding book” by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America.

Professor Strossen graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College (1972) and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School (1975), where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Before becoming a law professor, she practiced law for nine years in Minneapolis (her hometown) and New York City.

Transcript

Nadine Strossen: First of all, the government should not violate individual rights itself and that includes so the government should not presume that people are…the government should not invade people's privacy unless there is a specific basis for suspecting that that particular individual has committed a crime or is about to engage in a crime and even if the government has basis, individualized suspicion about a person, it still has to go, that is the executive branch of government still has to go before a judge to get a warrant, so you have got the checks and balances, the kind of procedural protection as well as the substantive protection and that deals with a whole lot of issues post 09/11, where the presumptions have been turned on their head. We are all suspects. We are subject to random mass, dragnet surveillance without any judicial review.

 

Recorded On: 2/14/08


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