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Sacrificing Liberty for Security

on December 14, 2011

The Occupy Movement began with a protest about economic inequality, but there are more issues that unite the many groups within the movement, and indeed many more outside of it as well.

In 2008 Obama promised to shut down Guantanamo Bay, and said the United States would no longer permit torture. A lot of Democrats supported him for that.

This past year Republican (and Libertarian) Rand Paul opposed the renewal of the Patriot Act. A lot of Republicans, or perhaps more accurately conservatives, supported him for that.

There’s widespread concern on the left and the right about the health of our civil liberties, and the tradeoff between liberty and security that Ben Franklin laid out seems more relevant today than ever.

Right now, legislation is making its way through Congress that would allow US citizens to be arrested on US soil, and held indefinitely without trial. 

“Unnerving many conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats, the legislation also would deny suspected terrorists, even U.S. citizens seized within the nation’s borders, the right to trial and subject them to indefinite detention,” (NPR).

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