DISASTER: CIVIL LIBERTIES

The nation is entering into a debate about the relationship between privacy and national security. Regardless of where you stand, encourage the debate to be fair, reasonable, and deeply considered. A rush to cut off privacy and anonymity may seem tempting in light of the terrorist attacks, but our liberties are built on more than an obsession with security. As this article points out, Congress is already starting to be pressured to pass laws giving new power to law enforcement agencies for monitoring and decrypting e-mail and other electronic communications. One senator has already called for a global prohibition on encryption products without backdoors for government surveillance. Read and reflect about these issues – they’re important.