2002 September 19 Thursday
US liberty restrictions less than Europe post-9/11

Jeffrey Rosen finds that liberty has been reduced in the US less than in various European countries in response to 9/11:

In the course of researching the state of liberty and security after 9/11, I've been especially struck by how restrained America's legal response appears when contrasted with that of our European allies. Although they weren't directly attacked, the countries of the European Union passed anti-terrorism measures during the past year that are far more sweeping than anything adopted in the United States. In October, France expanded the powers of the police to search private property without a warrant. Germany has engaged in religious profiling of suspected terrorists, a practice that was upheld in a court challenge. In Britain, which has become a kind of privacy dystopia, Parliament passed a sweeping anti-terrorism law in December that authorizes a central government authority to record and store all communications data generated by e-mail, Internet browsing or other electronic communications, and to make the data available to law enforcement without a court order. In May, the European Union authorized all of its members to pass similar laws requiring data retention.

Why the difference? The checks and balances that arise from the 3 separate branches of government.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2002 September 19 03:45 PM  Europe and America


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