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Alan Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at the Harvard Law School. In addition to his teaching, Dershowitz is a prolific author who makes frequent media and public[…]

Can we strike the proper balance?

Question: How will this age be remembered? 

Alan Dershowitz: This is a transitional age. We don’t know whether or not we’ll be able to survive these new threats of mega-terrorism by people who don’t care whether they live or die.

I suspect we will see some acts of massive terrorism. And the question is, can we strike the appropriate balance? Can we do whatever we can do to stop terrorism – it won’t be perfect and there will be terrorism; don’t expect 100 percent – while at the same time not diminishing civil liberties? There will be some diminishing in civil liberties. There’ll be some terrorism. But how to strike that appropriate balance?


Recorded On: June 12, 2007