The battle over civil liberties, post 9-11

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — ACLU President Nadine Strossen will discuss current threats to civil liberties in the American fight against terrorism Feb. 28 in Benton Chapel at Vanderbilt University.

The 4:30 p.m. address, sponsored by Project Dialogue, is free and open to the public.

Strossen, a professor at the New York Law School, maintains that the war on terrorism must not be a war on democracy. In response to ongoing cases of dragnet profiling, military tribunals and the secret detention of thousands of men of Arabic descent, Strossen points to the Alien Sedition Acts of 1798, Japanese-American internment in World War II and the domestic spying of the Cold War. All of these, she maintains, are cases in which the government assumed summary powers in a period of crisis to the regret of later generations.

Project Dialogue is a yearlong University program begun in 1989 as a collaboration between the Department of Philosophy and the University Chaplain’s Office as a way of connecting classroom learning with larger societal issues.

For more information on the Feb. 28 address, call 343-0350.

Contact: Elizabeth Latt, (615) 322-NEWS

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