What also worried this writer were comments made by Carlile, the implications of which are truly frightening. "[There is] a civil liberty to have the right to national security", he said.
I\’m sure that those people out there far wiser than I (and there\’s a lot of you, of course) will be able to nail exactly what is wrong with this contention. For me it is deeply creepy: I\’ve always defined civil liberties (as opposed to natural rights) as being what they may not do to us, whatever their justifications.
But there\’s almost nothing that cannot be done to us in the name of national security.