The Big Chill: First Amendment Protections and the War on Terror



This chapter contains an examination of the impact on First Amendment rights from the so-called “war on terror.” Perhaps nothing widens the ideological divide between crime control advocates and civil liberties advocates quite so dramatically as discussion of the war on terror. Herb Packer’s notion about the dynamic tension between advocates of crime control and advocates of civil liberties informs the debate. Crime control advocates see the greatest threat as coming from law-breakers and thus generally trust governmental institutions, while civil liberties advocates see unchecked governmental power as the greatest threat. Strategies employed in the war on terror may seriously disrupt the delicate balance necessary to allow order and liberty to coexist. The direct and indirect effects on First Amendment protections are formidable.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Communications and TheaterJohn Jay College of Criminal JusticeNew YorkUSA

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