GC The Tensions Between Civil Liberties and National Security Discussion


First, READ Chapters 24-27 of The American Yawp—including the primary sources 
o Consult the primary source documents from Chapters 24-27 of The American Yawp Reader 
o Consult the Bill of Rights—and especially the First and Fourth Amendments 
o Explore the Additional Resources
? Then, RESPOND to this prompt: 
During World War II and the early Cold War era (1940-1960s), civil liberties in the United States were violated in the name of national security. A few examples include the internment of Japanese Americans in the 1940s; wiretapping, seizing mail, and demanding loyalty from suspected communists in the 1950s; arrests and attacks on peaceful protestors assembling to advocate for Civil Rights, and government surveillance on Vietnam antiwar activists in the 1960s. 
? Do threats to U.S. national security justify curtailing Americans’ civil liberties? Are there any circumstances under which civil liberties (freedom of speech, freedom to assemble and rights to privacy) should be prioritized over national defense /national security? Please refer to concrete examples from your reading as evidence.


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