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April 26, 2018

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Civil Liberties in an Age of Terror
Last Featured: 10/24/2001

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What personal freedoms are you willing to sacrifice in the name of homeland security? In the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the U.S., Congress is considering legislation that will expand government’s powers to surveil, wiretap investigate, detain and deport people ### suspected of being involved in terrorist groups. Besides creating a new broadly defined crime of domestic terrorism, the proposed legislation would give federal authorities the right to conduct secret searches of a person’s home or office; allow officials to detain suspects and material witnesses for one week without charge; and allow the CIA, NSA, FBI, INS, and Secret Service to share intelligence information. Can we safeguard national security without trampling on civil liberties? Will these measures protect -- or threaten ---the American way of life?

Stephen Duncan is a former federal prosecutor who served as theAssistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs in the late 1980’sand early 90’s in the Reagan and Bush administration. He is an adjunctprofessor at the University of Virginia School of Law and serves on theAmerican Bar Association’s Task Force on National Security and the Law.He is currently the president and CEO of Southeastern ComputerConsultants, Inc., a Maryland company that provides systems engineeringsupport services to the Department of Defense. He is the author of`Citizen Warriors, America`s National Guard and Reserve Force and thePolitics of National Security.`

Frank Askin is a professor at Rutgers’ University School of Law inNewark, New Jersey where he founded and directs the ConstitutionalLitigation Clinic. Professor Askin has battled the FBI over itsinvestigations and files and he has challenged racial and politicalprofiling, police surveillance and restrictions on free speech. FrankAskin has been a member of the National Board of the American CivilLiberties Union since 1969 and has served as their general counsel since1976. He is the author of `Defending Rights, A Life in Law andPolitics.`

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"The fundamentalists believe that we don’t believe in anything. In their vision of the world they have absolute certainties while we wallow in corrupt pleasures. To prove that they are wrong, we must first understand why they are wrong. We must agree among ourselves about what is really important: kissing in public, BLTs, disagreements, the avant-garde, literature, generosity, water, a more equitable distribution of wealth in the world, films, music, freedom of thought, beauty, love, these are our weapons. It is in choosing to live without fear that we will vanquish them."

— Salman Rushdie

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The Tension Between Security and Liberty in the War on Terror
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