Rethinking Civil Liberties During War


Guests:

Tom Gjelten
(2-way)(update on latest Pentagon briefing & U.S. military in Afghanistan)
*NPR Reporter at the Pentagon

Alan Dershowitz
* Professor of Law, Harvard University
* Author of several books including most recently Letter to a Young Lawyer (Basic Books, 2001)

Wendy Kaminer
* Senior Correspondent, The American Prospect
* Author, Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials: The Rise of Irrationalism and Perils of Piety (Pantheon, 1999)

Robert Levy
* Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies, CATO Institute (Libertarian think tank)

David Kestenbaum
(2-way)(update on Mars mission)
* NPR Science Correspondent

Stanley Mieses
* Lives a couple of blocks from the towers, witnessed the collapse of both World Trade Center towers, now displaced living with friends

The events of September 11 affected the way Americans view many things...including their civil liberties. Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz has always defended civil liberties, now he says he's changed his mind on some of these issues. He supports proposals for a national ID card and the use of facial recognition software to identify terrorist suspects. Neal Conan talks with attorney Alan Dershowitz about rethinking civil liberties in a time of war.

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