Political Science | Individual Liberties & Homeland Security in Post 9/11 America
Y396 | 9837 | Furniss

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.