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November 15, 2004

Top Cognitive Liberty News |
From the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics


Defining “Freedom” in Washington D.C.
Wrye Sententia was on a panel with Nick Bostrom and members of the President’s Council on Bioethics, including Council Chair, Dr. Leon Kass. She responded to Dr. Kass, who tends to view “freedom,”  “human dignity,” and "happiness," in narrow and fixed terms. Read her comments along with a picture here:

No National ID – Open Letter in Washington Times
The CCLE and joined several other freedom and civil rights organizations in publishing an open letter in the Washington Times on Nov. 15, 2004. The letter calls on members of Congress to remove national ID provisions from some Intelligence Reform legislation (H.R. 10 and S. 2845). The ACLU graciously paid for the letter to be published. You can read it here:

Judges Against the Drug War – Open Source Project – Volunteers Needed
Michael Hasak of InfoTechMegaCorp has joined CCLE as a volunteer spearheading the conversion of into a fully open-source project that allows visitors to contribute new content and thereby keep the database growing and updated. Michael could really use help in setting up the new site, which will run on the open-source content management system called Plone. If you’d like to help, please e-mail with the subject line “VOLUNTEER” with some info about your skill-set and what you’d like to help with. Thanks Mike!

The Persuaders: Inside Marketing
CCLE Advisor Douglass Rushkoff co-wrote and hosted a fantastic PBS Frontline show that gives viewers an inside look at the current methods that marketers use to decipher who we are and what we want. The entire show is now online and is a cognitive liberty must see:

Super-Modern Lie Detection – RGB on CBC Radio
This coming Saturday or next, the national science show of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp is to broadcast a show on brain-imaging equipment being used for deception detection. Richard Glen Boire’s cogent comments making sense of the law and ethics of such an application are woven into the show. To learn the broadcast times, or to listen online, go here:

Picking Your Brain
CCLE Advisor Paul Root Wolpe was interviewed by MIT’s Technology Review magazine, mostly on the topic of brain+computer interfacing and the ethical issues that will likely arise. See:

The Next Fix
Jacob Sullum wrote another nice article about the disquieting trends surrounding pharmacotherapy, mentioning the CCLE’s report on the topic, and seconding our concerns about potential coercive use. See:

   The CCLE's Pharmacotherapy Report is here:
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