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Intelligence Squared U.S. Makes San Francisco Debut with Debate on Privacy, Technology, and the Constitution, June 6

On Tuesday, June 6, the "fantastic" (The New Yorker) debate series Intelligence Squared U.S. makes its San Francisco debut in partnership with the National Constitution Center with a debate about digital privacy, cybersecurity, and the Fourth Amendment. The FBI and Apple's recent standoff over the San Bernardino shooter's phone offered a high-profile example of a tension that appears with increasing regularity: how the right to digital privacy should be balanced with needs of national security. Tech companies promise to protect our data from prying eyes. But should that promise yield to law enforcement and national security?

A non-partisan, nonprofit organization, Intelligence Squared U.S. has held over 130 debates in ten years across the country covering politics, culture, science, law, and more. The series airs on over 220 public radio stations nationwide and is available as a popular podcast and other multi-platform distribution including television, live streaming, interactive digital content, and on-demand apps on Roku and Apple TV. The New York Times has called IQ2US "pointed debate minus all the shouting."

Debating in support of the government are John Yoo, Berkeley law professor and former official at the Justice Department during the Bush administration, and Stewart Baker, the first Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security and former general counsel at the National Security Agency. Debating on the other side of the issue are Professor Catherine Crump, former staff attorney at the ACLU, and Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of Homeland Security and architect of the Patriot Act.

The debate will be held at the SFJAZZ Center and stream live online, then air soon after as part of the syndicated public radio show and podcast "Intelligence Squared U.S." On June 6, online viewers can tune in at IQ2US's website ( ).

WHAT: Intelligence Squared U.S. "Tech Companies Should Be Required To Help Law Enforcement Execute Search Warrants To Access Customer Data"
WHEN: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 / Debate 6:00-7:30 PM
WHERE: SFJAZZ Center / 201 Franklin Street / San Francisco, CA
TICKETS: $40 ($12 for students w/ ID). To purchase, visit

Arguing for the motion:
* Stewart Baker: Attorney & Fmr. Assistant Secretary for Policy, Department of Homeland Security
Stewart Baker is a partner in the law firm of Steptoe and Johnson in Washington, D.C. His law practice covers cybersecurity, data protection, homeland security and travel and foreign investment regulation. From 2005 to 2009, he was the first assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Homeland Security. While at DHS, he led successful negotiations with European and Middle Eastern governments over travel data, privacy, visa waivers and related issues. Baker has been general counsel of the National Security Agency and general counsel of the commission that investigated WMD intelligence failures prior to the Iraq war. He is author of Skating on Stilts, a book on terrorism, cybersecurity and other technology issues.
* John Yoo: Law Professor, Berkeley & Fmr. Attorney, Justice Department
John Yoo is the Emanuel Heller Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Yoo was an official in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on national security and terrorism issues after the September 11 attacks. He served as general counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee under Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah and was a law clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2014, Yoo co-founded the Korea Law Center, the nation’s leading center for the study of U.S.-Korean legal issues, and he directs Berkeley’s Public Law and Policy program.

Arguing against the motion:
* Catherine Crump: Acting Dir., Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic & Prof., Berkeley Law
Catherine Crump is an assistant clinical professor of law at Berkeley Law School and acting director of the Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic. An experienced litigator specializing in constitutional matters, she has represented a broad range of clients seeking to vindicate their First and Fourth Amendment rights. She also has extensive experience litigating to compel the disclosure of government records under the Freedom of Information Act. Crump served as a staff attorney at the ACLU for nearly nine years.
* Michael Chertoff: Executive Chairman, The Chertoff Group & Fmr. Secretary of Homeland Security
Michael Chertoff is the executive chairman and co-founder of The Chertoff Group, a global advisory firm that provides business strategy, risk management, and mergers and acquisition advisory services to clients seeking to secure and grow their enterprises. From 2005 to 2009, Chertoff served as secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he led the federal government’s efforts to protect our nation from a wide range of security threats, including blocking would-be terrorists from crossing our borders or implementing their plans if they were already in the country. Earlier in his career, Chertoff served as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division.

A non-partisan, nonprofit organization, Intelligence Squared U.S. was founded in 2006 to restore civility, reasoned analysis and constructive public discourse to today’s often biased media landscape. The award-winning debate series reaches over 30 million American households through multi-platform distribution, including radio, television, live streaming, podcasts, interactive digital content, and on-demand apps on Roku and Apple TV. With over 130 debates and counting, Intelligence Squared U.S. has encouraged the public to "think twice" on a wide range of provocative topics. Author and ABC News correspondent John Donvan has moderated IQ2US since 2008.

The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia inspires citizenship as the only place where people across America and around the world can come together to learn about, debate, and celebrate the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution. A private, nonprofit organization, the Center serves as America’s leading platform for constitutional education and debate, fulfilling its Congressional charter “to disseminate information about the U.S. Constitution on a nonpartisan basis.” As the Museum of We the People, the Center brings the Constitution to life for visitors of all ages through interactive programs and exhibits. As America’s Town Hall, the Center brings the leading conservative and liberal thought leaders together to debate the Constitution on all media platforms. As a center for Civic Education, the Center delivers the best educational programs and online resources that inspire, excite, and engage citizens about the U.S. Constitution. For more information, call 215-409-6700 or visit

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