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Bob Barr
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Former Republican Congressman Bob Barr, who testified in front of Congress this week about the reauthorization of the Patriot Act, discusses the dangers posed by broadened law enforcement powers to privacy and civil liberties in the name of the war on terror.

Respond to NOW guests Janeane Garofalo and Bob Barr in our Quote of the Week.

Bob Barr

Bob Barr represented the 7th District of Georgia in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003, serving as a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, as Vice-Chairman of the Government Reform Committee, and as an eight-year veteran of the Committee on Financial Services.

Bob Barr occupies the 21st Century Liberties Chair for Freedom and Privacy at the American Conservative Union, and serves as a Board Member at the Patrick Henry Center. Barr is a Member of the Long-Term Strategy Project for Preserving Security and Democratic Norms in the War on Terrorism, at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; he also serves as the Chairman of Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances. He provides advice to several organizations, including consulting on privacy issues with the ACLU, serving on the Legal Advisory Board for Southeastern Legal Foundation, serving as the Chair for Youth Leadership Training at the Leadership Institute in Arlington, Virginia, and as a member of The Constitution Project's Initiative on Liberty and Security based at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute. Recognizing Bob Barr's leadership in privacy matters, NEW YORK TIMES columnist William Safire has called him "Mr. Privacy."

Barr serves as a contributor for CNN and writes a regular column for the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. He also hosts a nationally-syndicated weekly radio show, "Bob Barr's Laws of the Universe." Barr is the author of The MEANING OF IS, THE SQUANDERED IMPEACHMENT AND WASTED LEGACY OF WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON.

Barr was appointed by President Reagan to serve as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia (1986-90), and served as President of Southeastern Legal Foundation (1990-91). He was an official with the CIA (1971-78), and practiced law for many years. He currently serves Of Counsel with the Law Offices of Edwin Marger, with a national and international practice in both civil and criminal law. He is a board member in the National Rifle Association.

More about the effort to balance national security with the rights of citizens and the Civil Liberties Oversight Board recommended by the 9-11 Commission.


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