Honors | Liberty & Security in Post-911 America
H304 | 6390 | Norm Furniss

Liberty & Security in Post-911 America: Individual Liberties &
Homeland Security in Post-911 America

	In this seminar we will investigate the troubled boundary
between the value of individual liberties and the requirements of
homeland security in post 9/11 America. Do we have individual rights
that are so basic that they must be maintained even at the risk of
making our country less secure? Or is security itself a fundamental
value that can restrict the full expression of particular,
individual rights?

	We will explore these and related questions from three
directions. First, we will review the recent debate surrounding the
implementation of “Homeland Security.” Second, we will look at the
extent to which Constitutional  protections should be and are
accorded criminal defendants in America, teasing out similarities
and differences from the “war on terrorism.” Finally, we will study
the on-going Congressional hearings and actions on the renewal of
the various provisions of the Patriot Act.

	Each seminar member will write a series of short essay
papers and will contribute to one of the group research papers on
the Patriot Act. There will be no final examination. I would be
pleased to discuss details of the seminar with anyone who might be
interested in taking it.