Civil Liberties

Rethinking the Patriot Act: Keeping America Safe and Free
Stephen J. Schulhofer, Century Foundation Press, 6/3/2005
Examining the successes and failures of the Patriot Act, as well as which sections should be retained and which should be allowed to expire.
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The USA Patriot Act: The Basics
Susan Hansen, The Century Foundation, 9/8/2004
Background on the USA Patriot Act and a consideration of the controversial law’s effectiveness.
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A Good Idea for Protecting Civil Liberties
Tova Andrea Wang, The Century Foundation, 7/23/2004
The 9/11 Commission’s recommendation for a board to oversee adherence to civil liberties guidelines is a great idea. Unfortunately, the Bush administration will in all likelihood completely ignore it, just as it did nearly two years ago.

Two Touchdowns and a Punt
Tova Andrea Wang, The Century Foundation, 6/29/2004
In the cases of Hamdi and Guantanamo, the detainees will soon have at least some semblance of their day in court. For Padilla, however, justice remains on hold.

Civil Liberties and the Presidential Candidates
Tova Andrea Wang, The Century Foundation, 2/24/2004
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, government officials and the public generally have been wrestling with difficult questions related to liberty and security. Those issues are critical to the nation’s future but have received relatively little attention in the media.
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The Military Tribunals Debate
Tova Andrea Wang, The Century Foundation, 10/10/2003
In November 2001, President Bush issued an order establishing special military tribunals that will operate outside of the normal courts of justice and military courts-martial.
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The War on Our Freedoms: Civil Liberties in an Age of Terrorism
Richard C. Leone, Greg Anrig, Jr., PublicAffairs, 6/17/2003
Essays by top thinkers, scholars, journalists, and historians on the current rush to limit civil liberties in the name of national security.

Unnecessary Evil
Greg Anrig, Jr., The American Prospect, 6/11/2003
How a new Justice Department report shows that Ashcroft’s secrecy hasn’t helped the war on terrorism.

Security And Liberty
Anthony Lewis, The Century Foundation, 5/30/2003
An examination of controversial government action in law enforcement and jurisprudence since September 11
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The Enemy Within: Intelligence Gathering, Law Enforcement and Civil Liberties in the Wake of September 11
Stephen J. Schulhofer, Century Foundation Press, 9/15/2002
Review of the comprehensive new powers acquired by the federal government since September 11, their combined effects, and the dangers they may pose.
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Visa Tracking
Thad Hall, Anthony Sutton, The Century Foundation, 7/23/2002
Considering the impact of a full visa-tracking system.
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The Debate Over a National ID Card
Tova Andrea Wang, The Century Foundation, 5/10/2002
Explains how various national identification card proposals would work and the trade-offs connected to them, weighing different plans’ likely efficacy against terrorism, potential abuse of civil liberties, and cost effectiveness.

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