Trading Liberty for Illusion Analysis

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The events of 11 September 2001 inverted the actions that have led the US government to deal with criminals and terrorists in different and wide-ranging principles and measures. Standards that are mildly intrusive, coercive, and less democratic induce Security Departments to break privacies and breach human rights in the name of ‘war on terror’ The power given to the government to prevent and investigate the potential acts of terrorists was not balanced with civil liberties. These rights were guaranteed by the First Amendment “[to allow] the individuals to speak, think, assemble, worship, or petition without ‘government’ (or even private) inferences or restraints” (thefreedictionary, 2005). Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States …show more content…

Daniela Caglioti, a modern sociopolitical historian and Associate Professor at Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II., in his essay “Security Versus Civil Liberties and Human Rights”, says that “the outbreak of the war transformed them––independently of their personal story, feelings, ideas, and sense of belonging––into enemy aliens, accused of posing a threat to national security and the survival of each country” (Daniela Caglioti, 2011, n.d.).
Likewise, Kaminer states that many electronic surveillance measures like facial recognition system flow in the same trajectory. As per the American Civil Liberties Union, Kaminer cites, the facial recognition system used by Police has never “identified even a single individual contained in the department’s database of photograph” (p. 398). This system has attained nothing other than near misses where many mistakes took place. A tendency was detected to change the function of these devices to invade the privacy of people. According to ACLU, an example was observed in Britain where electronic surveillance become routine: “Camera operators tend to stare in the women skirts. In Michigan, Detroit Free press reports that “police used data base to stalk women and intimidate other citizens “(e.l. p. 398). Despite this, Kaminer states that many cities and airports “deploy the kind of system” that operates out of success to raise the security precautions and neglected the “precautions that might


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