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All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it” Alexis de Tocqueville. I personally believe that we do not need to restrict our civil liberties as stated in the Bill of Rights in order to protect American citizens from terrorist organizations. Civil liberties are the personal guarantees and freedoms that the government cannot abridge, either by law, constitution, or judicial interpretation which include the freedom from slavery and forced labor, freedom from torture and death, the right to liberty and security, right to a fair trial, the right to defend one's self, the right to own and bear arms, the right to privacy, freedom of conscience, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association, and the right to marry and have a family ( Conner, Sabato, 2011). Yes, it is very important for us to worry about terrorism and to defend our country but it is not necessary for our government to take away our civil liberties in the process.
So where does this leave us? Do we let terrorism scare us into losing our civil liberties or do we ignore terrorism and keep our rights?
I do not think we have to compromise our safety from terrorism to keep our civil liberties, there has got to be a common ground where everyone can keep their civil liberties and still be safe from terrorism. I believe that restrictions in civil liberties violate the underlying principles of American democracy greatly. It is not necessary to throw out everything this country stands for to prevent us from being hurt by terrorism. There are many other ways to fight terrorism without violating our rights as American citizens. I do not understand the governments need to tap into our conversations and violate our privacy and personal rights to prevent terrorism.
What is the need for it?
I mean I completely…...

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