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October 1, 2007 MC 201: Not A Suicide Pact Richard Posner’s National Security State: Terrorism, Liberty, Security, and the Separation of Powers Terrorist Threat o Reminds us of the gravity of the threat o The gravity of the threat is not diminished by the size of the enemy – because of technology – an “asymmetrical weapon of war” o Demands new thinking about the fundamental rights that cannot be abridged by the government – Posner suggests that this is not a restriction because historically, there has been a balance of security and liberty during times of crisis The Security State and Civil Liberties o Liberty helps to preserve the possibly of terrorism o Complete protection from terror may require abolition of all liberty Because American’s can do what they want when they want, it allows terrorists the same opportunity o Problem of “victory” in war on terror Even if one terrorist still exists, he can concoct a plan and terrorize the world The only way to win is to catch every terrorist All changes must be made with the idea in mind that this is a new order,
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