Mark Hardie
Founder, Chairman, CEO of "The Taylor Swift Party" | Attorney | Army Veteran

Cognitive Liberty: Preventing Terrorism and Crime

What if the October 7th, 2023 terror attacks could have been prevented by utilizing invasive cognitive and mental manipulation?

What if the State of Israel could prevent terrorism by hacking into the minds of potential terrorists? What if Israel and its intelligence agencies could literally read the minds of possible terror suspects? What if Israel could prevent terror attacks before they happen by monitoring the thoughts of suspects?

Professor Nita Farahany of Duke University raises these provocative questions in her groundbreaking research.

Nita Farahany, a distinguished professor of law and philosophy, has become a leading voice in the discourse on cognitive liberty. Her work delves into the ethical and legal implications of emerging technologies that interface with the human mind. Farahany argues fervently for the protection of cognitive liberty, the right to control one’s own mental processes and activities without interference.

In an era marked by unprecedented advancements in neurotechnology and artificial intelligence, Farahany’s advocacy has critical significance. She emphasizes the need for robust legal frameworks that safeguard individual autonomy and privacy in the face of invasive brain interventions and mind-altering technologies.

Farahany’s scholarship underscores the profound societal implications of cognitive enhancement techniques, brain-computer interfaces, and neural surveillance. She challenges policymakers and lawmakers to confront the complex ethical dilemmas posed by these innovations, advocating for principles that prioritize human agency and dignity.

Moreover, Nita Farahany’s contributions extend beyond academia; she actively engages with policymakers, industry leaders, and the public to foster informed discussions about the ethical boundaries of cognitive manipulation. By championing cognitive liberty, Farahany inspires a vision of a future where technological progress harmonizes with fundamental human rights and values.

However, one must consider the following legal question: Do potentially dangerous terror suspects have a fundamental right to cognitive liberty?

Crime and terrorism, in their myriad forms, represent violations of societal norms and legal statutes. As we saw with the October 7th attacks on Israel, criminal behavior and terrorism undermine the fabric of civil society, threatening individual safety and collective well-being.

Cognitive liberty, as it relates to terror suspects, can extend the concept of freedom of thought to encompass the sovereignty of the suspect’s own mind. For example, the Israeli Shin Bet agency might utilize cognitive interrogation techniques when interacting with terror suspects. Would this be a violation of cognitive liberty rights?

Advocates of cognitive liberty argue that individuals—including terror suspects— should have the autonomy to make decisions about their cognitive states, provided they do not infringe upon the rights of others.

In the age of terrorism and war, we must balance between human rights, freedom of thought, and public safety. We must establish a free society that also protects us from terror, crime, and violence.

I encourage Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, University of Haifa, Bar Ilan University, Ben Gurion University, and Reichman University to invite Professor Nita Farahany to speak at a forum titled “Cognitive Liberty in the Age of Terrorism”.

About the Author
Licensed Attorney. I earned a Doctor of Law at the University of California Law San Francisco (Hastings) . I earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Riverside. I was an international student at the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law, and Bar Ilan University. I am a military veteran of the United States Army. I am a laureate of the National Defense Service Medal from the Pentagon. I am a financial donor to following: Harvard Law, Yale Law, Stanford Law, Berkeley Law, Harvard Divinity School, Yale Divinity School, UC Hastings College of the Law, UC Davis Law, Columbine High School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Phillips Exeter Academy, Sidwell Friends School, Viewpoint School, Beverly Hills High School, Eton College in the United Kingdom, Special Olympics, Children's Defense Fund, Obama Foundation, Clinton Foundation, Barbra Streisand Foundation, Princeton University, Florida A&M, Howard University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and the British Red Cross. I am former special assistant and staff attorney to Governor Pete Wilson of California. I was public affairs assistant to US Senator Barbara Boxer. I was public affair assistant for Mayor of Jerusalem Ehud Olmert and Jerusalem spokesperson Haggai Elias. I am a former member of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. I am a member of the American Legion and Jewish War Veterans.
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