The First Amendment Center is holding an event entitled “Liberty in Terrorist Times” on the book The Constitution and 9/11: Recurring Threats to Americaâ€™s Freedoms (2008).
How has 9/11 affected our constitutional culture and its values? How have it affected our civil liberties, including our First Amendment freedoms? In times of such crisis, how effective has our system of checks and balances actually been? How much information can be kept secret before the ideal of â€œopen governmentâ€ vanishes? Following 9/11, how are the governmentâ€™s needs for surveillance to be balanced against the protection of our citizenryâ€™s rights? What constitutional limits does the Constitution impose on the powers of a war-time Executive? And what does our own history tell us about such questions?
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Author: Louis Fisher, Congressional Research Service
Moderator: Meredith Fuchs, general counsel, National Security Archive
Commentator: Judge James E. Baker, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
Date: October 14, 2008 at 6 p.m.
Location: Knight Conference Center at the Newseum; 555 Pennsylvania Ave., 8th Floor (6th Street entrance, Rooms 802-806); Washington, DC
For more information: http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/about.aspx?item=events