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Moving Toward A Police State (Or Have We Arrived?)

I live a few blocks from the World Trade Center. In New York, we are still mourning the loss of so many after the attacks on our city. We want to arrest and punish the terrorists, eliminate the terrorist network and prevent future attacks. But the government's declared war on terrorism, and many of the anti-terrorism measures, include a curtailment of freedom and constitutional rights that have many of us very worried...[At the end of October,] the repressive machinery then being put into effect was already terrifying. Since that time the situation has gotten unimaginably worse; rights that we thought embedded in the constitution and protected by international law are in serious jeopardy or have already been eliminated. It is no exaggeration to say we are moving toward a police state. In this atmosphere, we should take nothing for granted. | read article

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On Civil Liberties and Society in India

Part XVIII of India's Constitution allows the state to suspend civil liberties and the exercise of certain federal norms during the President's Proclamation of Emergency. The Constitution provides for the following emergencies: a threat by "war or external aggression" or by "internal disturbances," a "failure of constitutional machinery" in the country or in a component state and a threat to the financial security of the nation or a part of it. Under the first two emergencies, Fundamental Rights—with the exception of protection of life and personal liberty—may be suspended along with other federal norms. Any Proclamation of Emergency, however, automatically lapses after a couple of months if not approved earlier by both Houses of the Union Parliamen. | read article

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The Lesson: History Repeats Itself

"The Lesson: History Repeats Itself"—so begins a 110-page review entitled, "The Growth of Domestic Intelligence, 1936-1976", part of the Senate Select Committee's 5000-page report to study intelligence activities, more commonly known as the Church Committee Report. The Senate investigation, conducted in 1975 and 1976, was in response to a series of revelations of abuses, including the Watergate break-in, the leaking of the "Pentagon Papers," a highly secret history of American involvement in Vietnam, and revelations about COINTELPRO, the acronym used for domestic FBI "counterintelligence" programs. | read article

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