Trade Civil Liberties for Better Security

By Blankley, Tony | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), September 26, 2001 | Go to article overview

Trade Civil Liberties for Better Security


Blankley, Tony, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


Byline: Tony Blankley

In 1996, Gen. Alexander Lebed, former Yeltsin national security adviser and candidate for president of Russia, came to the United States to warn us that Russia had lost more than a dozen nuclear suitcase bombs. Each of those bombs, the size of a pineapple and weighing 100 pounds, if detonated would utterly obliterate an area four miles square. To this day the CIA has been unable either to prove or disprove Gen. Lebed's assertion. At the time, Sen. Richard Lugar - a highly respected member of the Senate Intelligence and Foreign Relations Committees - publicly said that he took the claim seriously.

In the last week in high European journalistic and government circles, a rumor has circulated that Osama bin Laden's organization may be in possession of some sort of nuclear material. Of course, rumors are often false.

The New York Times has reported in the last week that in the event of a smallpox or anthrax attack, the available vaccines are woefully inadequate to protect most of our population, and will be for months or years.

I recount these somber contingent facts by way of introducing the question of whether our current constellation of civil liberties unnecessarily restricts our government's ability to protect us from death by the hundreds of thousands or millions in the coming months.

I write as, until two weeks ago, a crypto-anarcho-Libertarian advocate of maximum civil liberties. I have always feared government intrusion far more than I have feared the price of living with maximum freedom. But the price has just gone up. Now, every congressman, senator and citizen must discard everything they thought they believed about civil liberties. We all have a moral obligation to think for ourselves and act for the common good.

On April 27, 1861, another American had occasion to think anew. Prior to the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln had always held a Libertarian view of civil liberties. But on that day, fearful that Union troops marching from Philadelphia to Washington might face insurrection in Maryland, he issued to Gen. Scott his first suspension of the writ of habeas corpus: "If . . . you find it necessary to suspend the writ of Habeas Corpus for the public safety, you, personally, or through an officer in command at the point where resistance occurs, are authorized to suspend the writ."

He acted pursuant to Article 1, Section 9, Paragraph 2 of the Constitution, which reads in full: "The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it . …

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