Security v. Privacy

Security v. Privacy

Security v. Privacy

Security v. Privacy

Synopsis

In the field of social policy, some topics are so complicated that they will always be subject to debate. Since no clear right or wrong exists, they are consigned to the gray areas of ongoing dispute. Among such issues open for debate both across America and in this eye-opening series are capital punishment, genetic engineering, gun control, and global warming. Others involve terrorism and chemical and biological warfare, two outright evils, though with highly disputable solutions. Open for Debate explores the past, present, and future to shed light on complex, high-priority public policy. a lucid, readily accessible format offers the pros and cons of each issue with opinions from social policy experts. It features sidebars of fascinating facts and easy-to-understand diagrams of key statistics. Open for Debate introduces future public policy thinkers to both sides of twenty-first-century, life-and-death concerns.

Excerpt

At a quarter to nine on a weekday morning, the financial hub of New York City hums with energy. Throngs of people navigate the sidewalks on their way to jobs in the office buildings that line the streets like canyon walls. The air is filled with the honking of car horns, the rumble of buses and delivery trucks, and thousands of hurrying footsteps.

On one bright, blue-sky morning in September 2001, commuters who glanced up saw an eerie sight: a huge aircraft flying unusually low overhead. The next instant the ground shuddered as though shaken by a slight earthquake and people heard a sound they will never forget: the explosive crash of an American Airlines Boeing 767 jet slamming into the side of one of New York's two tallest skyscrapers, the north tower of the World Trade Center (WTC). Its twin, the south tower, would be hit seventeen minutes later.

Before that day was over, thousands of Americans would die—and hundreds would perform acts of heroism and self-sacrifice—in a wide-ranging, carefully planned terrorist attack on the United States. Two immense skyscrapers, symbols of American capitalism, would topple.

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