Top Threats to Civil Liberties After 9/11: Q&A with former FBI Agent Mike German of ACLU

“The government has no right to pick through your private information just because that’s technologically possible,” says American Civil Liberties Union policy counsel and former FBI agent Mike German. “The laws are now so lax that they can.”

German sat down with to discuss the top threats to civil liberties after 9/11. They range from new interpretations of the Fourth Amendment to law enforcement’s fascination with vast empires of data to “fusion centers” that pool sources among intelligence agencies and local police.