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Point-Counterpoint: with Janet Napolitano and Ben Franklin

March 30, 2010

Secretary Napolitano:

“We know that in times of war it’s been common place for the rights of Americans to be limited,” she said, noting history has harshly judged such measures. “But in a time of new and changing threats, we have to revise our traditional paradigms of how we think about rights and security.” Liberty and security are not “opposing values,” she said. “You can not live freely if you live in fear.”

Benjamin Franklin:

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

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