ABSTRACT

Along with new freedoms, globalization has brought new insecurities. The scope of economic freedom is becoming larger; modern technologies further expand the possibilities of communication and, with them, another aspect of freedom. Along with criminal law, police law serves as a further building block of the security architecture that includes intelligence actions as well as military operations. The dissolution of legal limits becomes manifest in the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo. Their status is completely unclear, the designation changing from internees to prisoners of war or preventive detainees according to the justification needed at the moment and the criticism one seeks to dismiss. Michael Ignatieff, however, warns against assuming that the majority that supports or accepts restrictions on basic civil rights are simply stupid or forgetful. Liberalism's understanding of freedom evolved out of this contention with and against the state.