Life and liberty

Plan for military tribunals an assault on legal standards

Securing the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness has always required balancing issues of security—the protection of life—with issues of freedom. It has also provoked differing interpretations of the pursuit of happiness, from the libertarian stress on the individual’s pursuit of happiness, which is now generally ascendant in the U.S., to more communitarian ideals that once found expression in codes of conduct for media communications and blue laws. Throughout U.S. history, the relationship among these basic rights has always been fluid and revisable.


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