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“Taking Liberties” with Author Susan Herman, President of ACLU

October 13, 2011 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm EDT

October 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the Patriot Act. In the days following 9/11, fear and shock dominated the public and domestic security issues rose to the top of our agenda. The state of emergency that began during the Bush administration has continued into the Obama administration. But how many of actions taken to keep Americans safe are effective and worthwhile? Are we, as Americans, giving up too much to employ many of the antiterrorism tactics in use? In Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of Democracy author Susan Herman, president of the American Civil Liberties Union, examines the human and social costs of the War on Terror.

“This book is about us and it is about now,” Herman writes, “A decade is long enough time to allow us to step back and try to look at the whole picture of the costs and benefits of strategies that were forged during the panicky days right after 9/11.”

Should we be willing to tolerate the current level of surveillance, intrusion, and potential error because these efforts are helping to keep us safe?

Co-sponsored by Market Block Books and the NYCLU Capital Region Chapter.

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