Have anti-terrorism laws infringed on civil liberties?
Asked at Seventh and New Hampshire streets on September 24, 2003
“I think the Patriot Act is infringing on the Fourth and Fifth amendments. The police can search your stuff without a warrant, and you don’t get a fair trial. They just put you in jail.”
“My opinion is the same as Ben Franklin’s: ‘Those who would give up essential liberties to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.’”
“I know there haven’t been any real instances of civil liberties being violated, but when you give them a little bit, they want more. If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to want some milk.”
“The Patriot Act as originally written went too far, but I think some civil liberties could be infringed upon a little bit in these circumstances.”