11 Dec

Libertarian war

Libertarian war on terror quiz
Reason has an interesting quiz where they ask “what wouldn’t you do to win the war on terror?” I’ll try to answer, with my reasons, and I’d like to see reader responses.

1) Should the National Security Agency or CIA have the ability to monitor domestic phone calls or e-mails without obtaining judicial approval?
Yes, if any evidence so gathered is prejudiced for criminal prosecution purposes, otherwise no.
2) Should the government have the ability to hold an American citizen without charge, indefinitely, without access to a lawyer, if he is believed to be part of a terrorist cell?
Nope, but if captured on a field of battle, held indefinitely with access to a lawyer.
3) Can you imagine a situation in which the government would be justified in waterboarding an American citizen?
Yes, I’d be Okay with torture warrants, as long as the methods left no lasting physical harm, and were unlikely to leave
permanent mental harm
4) Are there American journalists who should be investigated for possible treason? Should Sedition laws be re-introduced?
No
5) Should the CIA be able to legally assassinate people in countries with which the U.S. is not at war?
What do you mean war? The United States has declared ware only a few times (four times, I think), but many police actions and other such things have public approval. Subject to this caveat, and that of chasing people in countries within which we have permission to hunt them, No.
6) Should anti-terrorism cops be given every single law-enforcement tool available in non-terrorist cases?
Well, I’d like to reduce the number of rights that the regular cops get, but then I’d like to have the anti-terrorism cops have the same ones. The spooks on the other hand, should have a totally different set of tools.
7) Should law enforcement be able to seize the property of a suspected (though not charged) American terrorist, and then sell it?
No
8) Should the U.S. military be tasked with enforcing domestic crime?
No, at least without a governor declaring martial law.
9) Should there be a national I.D. card, and should it be made available to law enforcement on demand?
No, although perhaps ID can be required to access Federal buildings not typically interacting with the public. and for one adult member of a party for air travel
10) Should a higher percentage of national security-related activities and documents be made classified, and kept from the eyes of the Congress, the courts, and the public?
No, it doesn’t seem that our enemies see that as our weak spot, but if they did, this is conceivable