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Democracy in Danger?
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IN THE NEWS: Allegations of prisoner abuse and leaked memos and reports detailing administration policy debates over interrogation techniques after 9/11 have dominated news coverage in recent weeks. On June 11, David Brancaccio talks with the Center for Constitutional Rights' Ron Daniels about the memos and their fallout. Also, Bill Moyers talks with the AP's Ron Curley, who recently called for greater openness in government. (more)

NOW has covered the delicate balancing act between civil liberties and national security since its debut. In recent stories, "Going Undercover," "Criminalizing Dissent" and "Veil of Secrecy" NOW looked at some of the effects the War on Terror has had on freedom of information and public dissent. Make use of NOW's coverage of civil liberties and national security to get the facts, hear the debate and find out what's going on in YOUR neighborhood.

  • Debate — Balancing Civil Liberties and National Security
  • Facts and Figures — What You Know Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, Take a Freedom of Speech Quiz
  • Resource Maps — State Freedom of Information Laws, Find Your Attorney General
  • Features and More — Patriot Act II, Freedom of Speech on Campus, The Case of the Toxic Releases Inventory

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NEWS: Lawyer Scott Horton talks about the explosive memos broken by NEWSWEEK (read the memos too). Explore the history of the Geneva Conventions. Where does America stand on international courts? What happens when government secrecy and the press come into conflict? Find out with the BBC vs. Tony Blair.
WPA Poster: Civil Liberties in War Time
DEBATE: A special panel of experts of all stripes discuss civil liberties after 9/11. Writer and publisher Steven Brill makes the case for heightened security measures. Journalist Nat Hentoff argues for a more vigilant defense to civil liberties than ever.
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FACTS AND FIGURES: Find out what you know because of the Freedom of Information Act. An Eventful History: View a timeline of American civil liberties during wartime. Remember the Red Scare? Can you burn the flag? Test your Freedom of Speech knowledge.
WPA poster: Neighborhood Fingerprint Center
RESOURCE MAPS: And explore your states' open records laws. Track proposed legislation online and check up on your state attorney general.
Protest March
FEATURES: Freedom of information and the toxics release inventory. NOW helps expose the explosive draft of Patriot Act II. What's the state of freedom of speech on campus after 9/11? Plus, review our history of academic freedom and a look at protests now and then. Is COINTELPRO returning?

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