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National Forensic League
Policy Debate
(2005 - 2006)

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially decrease its authority either to detain without charge or to search without probable cause.

Given the times we live in, this is a critical debate issue, for it pits two "human rights" against one another: the right to a peaceful, well-protected society, and the right to privacy and freedom from unreasonable detention.

In an era of growing terrorist threat, it seems vital for law enforcers to have not only the tools but also unprecedented latitude to combat radical forces. By this line of reasoning, lawmen need greater search, surveillance, and detention powers.

Not so fast! cry critics, however. Lawmen, they say, are already well equipped technologically and legally to root out terrorists. No further expansion of their powers is necessary, for to do so will only diminish liberty in our land.

This collection will provide you with powerful factual ammunition for whichever side you take on the above resolution. Just click on the categories to find the information you need.

U.S. Security
Privacy and Rights
Government Powers
Cases and Rulings
International Issues

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