Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, the tension between civil rights and public safety has dominated public discourse. On issues ranging from racial profiling to military tribunals, Americans have had to ask whether it is possible for the United States to defend itself against terrorism without violating the values and principles that lie at the heart of its democratic order. In Rights vs. Public Safety after 9/11, some of the nation's leading legal experts and social critics confront this question head-on. The contributors offer measured, often communitarian, approaches to topics such as the changes in United States immigration policy after September 11th, the practical and moral difficulties of racial profiling, the ethical dilemmas of an emergency response to a bioterrorist attack, and the role of the government in promoting national service. This balanced compilation of essays highlights where government will need to expand its authority in the fight against terrorism, where it risks overreaching, and how this new era might strengthen American society.
Amitai Etzioni is university professor and the director of the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies at The George Washington University. He is the author of 21 books, including, most recently, The Monochrome Society, Next: The Road to the Good Society, and The Limits of Privacy. Professor Etzioni served as senior advisor to the White House from 1979 to 1980 and as president of the American Sociological Association from 1994 to 1995, and founded the International Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. He is the editor of The Responsive Community, a communitarian quarterly. Jason H. Marsh is a journalist and former managing editor of The Responsive Community.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Rights and Responsibilities, Post 9/11 Part 2 The Basics Chapter 3 A Clear and Present Danger Chapter 4 A Vision for Uniting and Strengthening America Chapter 5 We Can Strike a Balance on Civil Liberties Chapter 6 Antiterrorism Tools: A Summary of the USA Patriot Act and the Order on Military Tribunals Chapter 7 The Truth About Our Liberties Part 8 The Specifics Part 9 Immigration Chapter 10 A Privilege or a Right? Chapter 11 Let's Fight Terrorism, Not the Constitution Chapter 12 Confusing Freedom with License-Licenses Terrorism, Not Freedom Part 13 Racial Profiling Chapter 14 Discrimination We're Afraid to Be Against Chapter 15 A (Potentially) Useful Tool Part 16 Freedom of the Press vs. National Security Chapter 17 Military Secrets and the First Amendment Chapter 18 Patriots and Professionals: Journalists as Responsible Citizens Part 19 Public Health Chapter 20 Public Health in the Age of Bioterrorism: A Dialogue Part 21 A Just War? Chapter 22 What We're Fighting For: A Letter from America Chapter 23 This is Not Our War: A Letter from United States Citizens to Friends in Europe Part 24 National Service Chapter 25 Putting Patriotism into Practice Chapter 26 A New Draft for a New Time Chapter 27 Citizenship and Sacrifice Part 28 American Society after September 11 Chapter 29 A Stronger Nation Chapter 30 The New Public Spirit Chapter 31 Government to the Rescue Chapter 32 Index Chapter 33 About the Contributors