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INTRODUCTION

One central thesis of this volume is that the starting point of any reasonable deliberation about our national security is the recognition that we face two profound commitments: protecting our homeland and safeguarding our rights. Those who, in effect, seek to suspend major parts of the Constitution and its Bill of Rights until we win the war against terrorism must realize that this is a long-term war and, hence, provisions that might apply for a very short period, during a dire state of emergency, cannot be applied here. To live for any length of time without the rule of law that makes us what we are is not an option, nor should it be. Equally fallacious are the notions that nothing changed on September 11, 2001, and that the fear of future attacks is merely used by the government to keep the people fearful and willing to yield ever increasing power to the state. There is room for much deliberation as to exactly what must be done and whether there is a need for some limited trade-offs. But the starting point for such an assessment is that we are committed to being both free and secure. True patriots thus realize that one must protect the nation from all enemies, foreign and domestic, and that the essence of what it means to be patriotic is to protect our Constitution and its Bill of Rights with all of our might.