Essay about Public Safety vs. Civil Rights

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Public Safety v. Civil Rights
CJA 550
Crystal Shepherd
March 7, 2011

The argument of public safety versus civil rights has always been at the forefront of many major political issues in the United States. Civil rights are the foundation of this country, and they protect it’s citizens. But with that, comes the protection of criminals, terrorists, and enemies of the state, and the freedom for these people to move and operate against American ideals. The slightest restrictions on civil rights increases the safety of the general public, enables law enforcement agencies to operate more fluidly, and increases the rate for crushing the opposition.
The safety of the general population is far more important than the protection of the rights
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