A NOTE FROM RICHARD C. LEONE AND GREG ANRIG, JR.
Immediately after the September 11 attacks, Americans were more than willing to accept encroachments on established liberties in order to prevent another successful terrorist attack. But more than a year later, after the Bush administration has implemented numerous policies that clearly infringe upon basic civil liberties, it is far from clear that the nation is much safer.
Throughout this period, there has been a disturbing absence of information and debate about the genuine and imagined trade-offs between liberty and security. The public needs to know far more so that the choices we make will not be driven either by our fear of the terrorists or by the fiats of our government. In the end, citizens should decide what tradeoffs are worth making when it comes to security and liberty. We need to win the war on freedom on terms that incorporate longstanding American values.
The distinguished group of authors in this volume set forth what is essentially a wake-up call to the American people. The trustworthy government we need in a time of crisis can only be sustained by real understanding, open debate, and informed consensus—no matter how cumbersome that process may seem to those in power.
Pub date: 05/29/03
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