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Thursday, April 19 News

Government surveillance topic at Westport Rotary breakfast Friday

Andrew Schneider, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, will speak on "Is It Time to Rein in the Surveillance State?" at the Westport Sunrise Rotary breakfast meeting on Friday, March 14. The meeting will be held at 7:30 a.m. at Bobby Q's, 42 Main St.

According to Schneider, the National Security Agency's mass surveillance of American citizens has greatly expanded in the years since September 11, 2001. "Recent disclosures have shown that the government is regularly tracking all of the calls of almost every ordinary American and spying on a vast but unknown number of Americans' international calls, text messages, and e-mails," he said in a statement. "In Connecticut, our privacy is being threatened by law enforcement's use of technologies such as Automated License Plate Readers, cell phone tracking, and the use of drones for surveillance."

Guests are welcome at the breakfast. There is a $12 fee for the meeting which includes a breakfast buffet.

For information about Westport Sunrise Rotary, visit www.westportsunriserotary.com; contact Steve Cowherd, membership, at 203-209-3568 or by e-mail at herd59@gmail.com.