The example provided by Barbour and Wright concerning the response to the September 11 attacks demonstrates that A. liberty must always give way to the security needs of the nation. B. the...

The example provided by Barbour and Wright concerning the response to the September 11 attacks demonstrates that

A. liberty must always give way to the security needs of the nation.

B. the liberty of the people is always more important than the security needs of the nation.

C. it may be hard to protect both liberty and security.

D. liberties are far more likely to come into conflict with each other than is liberty to come into conflict with security.

E. liberty and security are never really in conflict.

which is the correct answer? thanks so much!

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In this book, Barbour and Wright refer to the terrorist attacks of September 11 many, many times.  It is not clear which reference you are asking about.  I will guess that you are asking about the discussion on pp. 135-6.  If this is correct, the best answer to this question is Option C. 

This section starts by talking about how difficult it is to balance individual rights and society’s need for security.  It goes on to talk about how there is a tradeoff between liberty and national security.  If there is a tradeoff between these two things, then there it is by definition hard to protect both of them.  When you try to protect liberty, it will make it harder to protect security and protecting security can eat away at liberty.  Therefore, Option C is the best answer.

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