Democratic nominee

Debate exists between those that believe the threat of terrorism is an insurmountable problem for the United States, while others purport its non-existence and focus more on the issue of civil rights. “A fully credible explanation for the fact that the United States has suffered no terrorist attacks since 9/11 is that the threat posed by homegrown or imported terrorists … has been massively exaggerated”. (Mueller, 2007) (cited in Etzioni, 2007, p. 19).

“In 1988, Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis rejected the endorsement of a major Arab-American group … this year … Democratic Party leaders gave the candidates permission to address the conference despite a campaign boycott” ( Spencer, 2007, p889). “There is often a strong correlation between those who are concerned that the fear of terrorism will lead U. S. society to tolerate major reductions in civil liberties, that we will “do the work of terrorists for them” by destroying America as we have known and loved it—and those who minimize threats – by terrorists” (Etzioni, 2007, p. 20).

“Too many of our policymakers seem to believe that the way to deal with terrorism is to pass more laws, spend more money, and sacrifice more civil liberties” (Lynch, 2005). “. . . Americans have a stark choice: We can either retain our freedom or we can throw it away in an attempt to make ourselves safe” (Lynch, 2006). ”What is at issue is whether . . . a free society can win the struggle against tyranny by forsaking the values it is fighting to protect” (Podesta, 2008). “The Democrats apparently believe that the Patriot Act was an unprovoked racist measure designed to rob Arabs of their civil liberties” (Spencer,2007, p. 889).

2. Political activists and those opposed to particular government legislature are being targeted in the name of terrorism. “Guild chapters have hosted symposiums and panels to raise awareness about the government’s applying the label of “terrorist” to animal rights and environmental activists” (Boghosian, 2006, p. 1). “ The FBI’s labeling individuals as ‘terrorists,’ coupled with the signing of the AETA is already chilling free speech”(Boghosian, 2006, p. 8). 3.

The US wants a free reign to fight terrorism but they need to be restrained. “Most have been held for nearly six years without charge, without access to a lawyer or any indication of when, if ever, they might be released. The Pentagon has said they could be held for the duration of the global war on terror” (The Economist, 2007). George Bush chose the American naval base in Cuba as the detention centre for those picked up in his war on terror because officials believed–falsely as it turned out–Guantanamo was beyond the reach of domestic and international law” (The Economist, 2007).

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Lynch, T. (2005). Do antiterrorism laws go too far? Congressional Digest, September, p. 202-206. Retrieved from http://web. ebscohost. com. ezproxy. apollolibrary. com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer? vid=8&hid=111&sid=a569e043-71b4-4084-9d43-8942c8120464%40sessionmgr112 Podesta, J. (2005). Center for American Progress, Congressional Digest, September, p. 208. Retrieved from http://web. ebscohost. com. ezproxy. apollolibrary. com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer? vid=8&hid=111&sid=a569e043-71b4-4084-9d43-8942c8120464%40sessionmgr112

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