AirTalk for October 3, 2001

National Security vs. Civil Liberties

Congress and the Attorney General are introducing plans to fight terrorism and enhance security. If adopted, the plans would give the government sweeping new authority to monitor communications in the United States. But will these laws come at the cost of personal freedoms without much gain in security? Larry Mantle discusses the trade-offs with USC Law professor Erwin Chemerinsky.
How will the media cover the American military response to the terror attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon? How will the tension between the need for reporters to gain access to battlefields and war zones and the government's need to maintain secrecy play out? Larry Mantle speaks with interim director of USC Annenberg School of Journalism, Michael Parks, and Los Angeles Times television and media critic, Howard Roesenberg.
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