Must our Civil Liberties be Relinquished Under the Threat of Terrorism?

Corliss Lamont Centenary Civil Liberties Forum

A debate entitled: “Must our Civil Liberties be Relinquished Under the Threat of Terrorism?”

Columbia University Law School
Jerome L. Greene Hall (JG101)
435 West 116th Street at Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027, USA
4 PM to 9 PM — Friday, April 5, 2002

These discussions were held in honor of Humanist, Patriot, and Defender of Civil Liberties, Corliss Lamont, as an observation of his Centenary. He was born March 28, 1902.

Professor Vincent A. Blasi, who occupies the endowed Corliss Lamont Civil Liberties Chair at Columbia University, delivered the keynote address. Invited speakers included the following individuals.

  • John Perry Barlow, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Mary Beaty, Electric Librarian
  • Nancy Chang, Senior Litigation Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Jeremiah S. Gutman, Co-chair, National Coalition Against Censorship
  • Connie Hogarth, WESPAC
  • C. Clark Kissinger, Refuse & Resist!
  • Michael Letwin, Association of Legal Aid Lawyers
  • Donna Lieberman, New York Civil Liberties Union
  • Vincent Lloyd, Editor of CommonSense
  • Brian McCartin, Thomas Paine National Historical Association
  • Victor Navasky, Publisher of The Nation
  • Michael Ratner, Attorney with and Vice President of the Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Partnership for Civil Justice

Affilations shown for informational/reference purposes only.

The schedule of events was as follows.

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM – First Panel
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Reception
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – Second Panel

This Centenary Program began with a screening of a documentary film entitled, Corliss Lamont: Renegade Patriot, created by Jonathan Heap, Corliss Lamont’s grandson. Audio and video highlights from the film are available on this Web site.

Collateral materials:

Here are three downloadable Adobe Acrobat PDF (Portable Document Format) files that we’ve prepared specially for use on this Web page. If you should need to update your copy of the Adobe (Acrobat) Reader program, the latest version can be downloaded for free using the link below.
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  • A six-page Program that was distributed to attendees at the event. This document contains biographies for all of the invited speakers.

    Corliss_Lamont_Centenary_Program.pdf  Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format.  (6,738,080 bytes)

  • A one-page copy of The Bill of Rights that was distributed to attendees at the event. This document is suitable for printing.

    The_Bill_of_Rights.pdf  Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format.  (165,681 bytes)

Adobe/Macromedia Flash Video:

Adobe/Macromedia Flash Video (FLV). Raw, unedited video of both Panel Sessions, in one-hour blocks. These four files, totaling approximately four hours run time, contain some significant technical flaws, but it was felt that the content was important, so they’ve been posted here. Clicking each of the links below will cause the Shock Wave Flash (SWF) player to appear in a JavaScript pop-up window. Flash Video (FLV) file download will commence as soon as the window appears, but the Play button must be clicked before playback will actually begin. A high-speed connection (cable modem, xDSL, T1/E1, etc.) is strongly recommended. If you’re on a lower speed connection (dial-up, ISDN, etc.), it’s suggested that you wait until the download has completed before clicking the Play button. A progress bar will indicate FLV file download progress. Although the audio in these Flash Video files is ordinary MPEG Layer III, the video is encoded using the On2 VP6 codec, so you’ll need a recent version of the Adobe/Macromedia Flash Player in order to successfully play these files. If you should need to update your Adobe Flash or Shockwave players, the latest versions can be downloaded for free using the links below.
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  • Flash Video Part 1 of 4  Adobe/Macromedia Shock Wave Flash (SWF).  Adobe/Macromedia Flash Video (FLV).  
    Running time:  57 minutes 21 seconds
    Speakers:  Vincent A. Blasi (keynote), Donna Lieberman
    Vincent A. Blasi (keynote).Donna Lieberman.

  • Flash Video Part 2 of 4  Adobe/Macromedia Shock Wave Flash (SWF).  Adobe/Macromedia Flash Video (FLV).  
    Running time:  59 minutes 27 seconds
    Speakers:  Jeremiah S. Gutman*, Mary Beaty, Michael Letwin
    Jeremiah S. Gutman.Mary Beaty.Michael Letwin.

  • Flash Video Part 3 of 4  Adobe/Macromedia Shock Wave Flash (SWF).  Adobe/Macromedia Flash Video (FLV).  
    Running time:  60 minutes 3 seconds
    Speakers:  Victor Navasky, John Perry Barlow, C. Clark Kissinger (Introduced by Beth K. Lamont)
    Victor Navasky.John Perry Barlow.C. Clark Kissinger (Introduced by Beth K. Lamont).

  • Flash Video Part 4 of 4  Adobe/Macromedia Shock Wave Flash (SWF).  Adobe/Macromedia Flash Video (FLV).  
    Running time:  56 minutes 58 seconds
    Speakers:  C. Clark Kissinger (continued from previous file), Vincent Lloyd, Nancy Chang, Brian McCartin
    C. Clark Kissinger (continued from previous file).Vincent Lloyd.Nancy Chang.Brian McCartin.

    * We are saddened to report that Jeremiah S. Gutman died February 25, 2004.


Also available:

Sony PSP Video.  Sony PSP (PlayStation Portable) compatible files, containing the same footage as the Flash Video files above, encoded with 768 kbps MPEG-4 Part 10 H.264 AVC video and 128 kbps MPEG-4 AAC-LC audio. Download these files to your local system by right-clicking (“Save Target As…” or “Save Link As…”) on the links below and then move or copy them into the \MP_ROOT\101ANV01 directory (folder) on your PSP’s Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick PRO Duo flash memory card. A minimum 512 MB Memory Stick is required to hold any one of these four files. A 2 GB or larger Memory Stick can hold all four of these files. Your PSP must be running firmware (system software) Version 2.01 or higher in order to play these AVC/AAC-encoded files. North American PSP users can download free PSP firmware updates using this link.

MPEG-4 logo.

For PSP users, here are four Thumbnail (.THM) files which can also be moved/copied into the \MP_ROOT\101ANV01 directory (folder) on your Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick PRO Duo flash memory card along with the above .MP4 files. Right-click and “Save Target As…” or “Save Link As…” to download. When these .THM files are present on the Memory Stick media along with the associated .MP4 files, your PSP’s Video menu will display these images rather than the generic PSP movie icon.

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