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The State's reason for existing

Reader comment on item: [The Abu Ali Case and] Balancing Liberties, Security

Submitted by Dogzilla (United States), Mar 9, 2005 at 20:02

"Civil liberties become totally irrelevant when national security is at risk. The same is true for anti-racism."

"Beating liberals and suspending civil liberties is a pre-requisite for dealing with Militant Islam."

I disagree with these statements (taken from posts in response to this article).

A state that disregards the protection of civil liberties has lost its legitimacy. It has betrayed its very reason for existing, and has become the enemy. I would support its removal, by force of arms, if necessary.
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