Civil Liberties and the War against Terrorism

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President Bush has promised a "new kind of war" on terrorism and Secretary of State Colin Powell has begun rallying crucial international pledges to support such an effort. At home we may face increased security measures such as identity cards, e-mail surveillance, and public checkpoints. Abroad, our pursuit of Osama bin Laden and those who harbor terrorist groups may challenge international law. How will our struggle to prevent future attacks affect Americans' civil liberties? We ask authorities in intelligence, defense, foreign relations, and first amendment law. (This broadcast is a special second edition of To the Point.)
  • Newsmaker: CNN Poll Show Strong Support For Military Action - A new CNN-Time Magazine poll finds that Americans are angry and ready to fight even if they're not sure whom. CNN's Bill Schneider, one of television's best-known political analysts, attributes increased support of President Bush and that hawkish response to the rallying effect of this week's national crisis.
  • Reporter's Notebook: Sports Stadium Security - In the film Black Sunday, a terrorist tries to hit the Super Bowl with a large bomb. Tuesday, real terrorists used commercial jets to obliterate part of the New York skyline. For the rest of the week, professional sports shut down. Alan Abrahamson, of the Los Angeles Times, expects highly visible security when they reopen.



Center for First Amendment Studies


Council on Foreign Relations


Financial Times

Project for the New American Century

United Nations

Los Angeles Times



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton