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ERIC Number: EJ773750
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 4
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7996
National Security and Civil Liberty: Striking the Balance
Lopach, James J.; Luckowski, Jean A.
Social Studies, v97 n6 p245-248 Nov-Dec 2006
After September 11, 2001, the Bush administration initiated large-scale electronic surveillance within the United States to gather intelligence to protect citizens from terrorists. Media commentary, public reaction, and classroom practices regarding this program have tended toward either-or positions: either for presidential power and national security or for judicial intervention and civil liberty. No one has proposed that at issue is a political question for Congress and the president to resolve themselves. The authors argue that congressional oversight, more than judicial review, is needed to ensure that the president, in seeking to protect the country, does not abuse executive power and jeopardize essential liberties. Teachers should emphasize separation of powers instead of checks and balances. The authors suggest related approaches for planning lessons about striking the balance between security and liberty. (Contains 4 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States