The Ethics of Technical Intelligence Collection

The Intelligence Studies Program of the Catholic University of America and the Institute for Human Ecology are cosponsoring a symposium entitled “The Ethics of Technical Intelligence Collection.” During this event, a variety of questions will be addressed:

  • Where is the line between security and privacy?
  • When it comes to national security, is it possible to collect too much information, or is it better to collect everything possible as a hedge against a potential attack?
  • Is U.S. technical collection on an individual an unacceptable violation of that person’s dignity?
  • What rules for intelligence collection are necessary and appropriate to allow our democracy to flourish without either the undue fear of attack or the concern that the government knows too much about us?

Join moderator Nicholas Dujmovic (Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics and the Director of The Catholic University of America’s New Program in Intelligence Studies) and panelists Michael Hayden (retired U.S. Air Force four-star general and former Director of both the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency), Scott Shane (journalist for The New York Times)Michael O’Hanlon (Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution), and Allison Stevens (Deputy General Counsel for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency) for answers to these question and many more.

Can’t make it in person? Livestream it here: