Week 5 Discussion1. National Security and the Constitution
Examine how issues of national security influenced the constitutional debate on constitutional rights in the United States after September 11, 2001. Provide specific examples of the strengthening or weakening of individuals’ constitutional rights. It is recommended that your post contain approximately 400 words.
Guided Response:
Undeniably, the political reaction to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, allowed the federal government to limit individual liberties and ceded power to the executive branch (i.e., the president). Your specific examples of the limitations of people’s rights and the increased power to the executive should include an examination if these actions were necessary and appropriate. Were there less drastic measures which could have been taken that would have provided similar results for the protection of the country? Review your colleagues’ posts, and substantively respond to at least two of your peers. Continue to monitor the discussion forum until 5:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) on Day 7 of the week, and respond with robust dialogue to anyone who replies to your initial post.

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