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Caroline Kennedy on Homeland Security

 

 


War on terrorism is a fight for freedom

When asked to name the quality that best defines America, people most often say freedom. It is the principle on which our country was founded, and remains the reason why people around the world want to come to America today. The tension between freedom and power has marked our history ever since the Declaration of Independence.

Only 400 words long, the Bill of Rights forms the most comprehensive protection of individual liberty ever written. It is a document responding to the fear of tyranny from which the US had just become liberated. Yet its language and the values it protects--freedom of speech and religion, the right to a fair trial and due process of law, the right to privacy--are timeless. We often take these rights for granted--until the moment comes when they are threatened. Each generation is reminded that these rights bring responsibilities, and only if we are willing to fight for our freedoms will they be preserved. The war on terrorism is the most recent such moment.

Source: A Patriot's Handbook, by Caroline Kennedy, p.189-190 , Apr 13, 2005

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