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“In a liberal republic, liberty presupposes security; the point of security is liberty.” Thus, the obligation of the government is a dual one: to protect civil safety and security against violence and to preserve civil liberty.
To be sure, it is a difficult balance. It is far easier to eschew the effort. But failure to recognize that security need not be traded off for liberty in equal measure and that the “balance” between them is not a zero-sum game is a far greater and more fundamental mistake. Policy-MAKERS must respect and defend the individual civil liberties guaranteed in the Constitution when they act, but they also cannot fail to act when we face a serious threat from a foreign enemy.