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In this age of terrorism and counterterrorism the world is at war with an invisible enemy We live in an era in which national security trumps civil liberties Although civil liberties for Americans are organized in the Bill of Rights within the United States Constitution there is a continual effort to limit their effectiveness and protections This policy must be changed that civil liberties must yield to national security Therefore a future does exist in which civil liberties and national security can be balanced The United States must first end what 911 brought about the war on terror a blurred sense of armed conflict In order to achieve a return to a state of balanced civil liberties and security citizens must hold government responsible and not allow the US to continually violate international law Numerous events in which the US violated international law has lead American citizens to this point in which privacy is no longer protected Balancing begins with respect for international lawIt has been in the best interest of the United States to use international law when it served its national interests When international law is opposed to the interests of the United States it is neither invoked nor respected Instances that show a lack of respect for international law include President Bushs opposition for ratifying the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court withdrawing from support for the United Nations Fund for Population Activities and numerous unauthorized unilateral military excursions including operations in Afghanistan Grenada Guatemala Libya Nicaragua Panama and VietnamIn addition while in office President Bush and prior to his incumbency the United States was opposed to the establishment of an International Criminal Court President Bush notified UN Secretary General Anan that the US would not become a party to the treaty although a signatory President Clinton too wished not for the treaty to be submitted to the Senate for approval In line with this denial the American Service Members Protection
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