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Security Versus Liberty?: Ethical Lessons From Post-9/11 American Counter-Terrorist Security Politics

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This chapter gives a short overview about the different positions and players in the debate about the so-called balance between rights and security. It offers a different view of security politics in an era of terrorism based on political responsibility and the struggle for the common good. The far-reaching measures that have been taken in America as well as in some other countries right after the attacks of 2001 have lead toward sharp discussions between defenders and opponents of the security approach. The chapter outlines the visions of politicians, human rights organisations, lawyers and philosophers on this topic. In numberless speeches the American President George W. Bush and his nearest associates made clear that, after 9/11, security took the highest priority, even if it meant that certain rights would be infringed upon.

Keywords: America; attacks of 2001; security politics



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