The International Consequences of Securing Liberty

The International Consequences of Securing Liberty

So far our discussions on Securing Liberty have centred on the United States and the influence of the 9/11 attacks on domestic policy. 

We've discussed acquiring intelligence through surveillance, the use of racial profiling and the application of torture to supposed enemy combatants. However, these are only some of the facets of Securing Liberty.

On the 20th September 2001, President George Bush delivered a speech to Congress. It contained a blueprint for the next decade. The speech addressed increased airport security, measures to expand the power of law enforcement agencies and the fact that no one should be singled out for unfair treatment because of their ethnic background or religious faith. 

It was also a crucial speech in terms of US foreign policy. 

President Bush said: “Every nation in every region now has a decision to make: either you are with us or you are with the terrorists”. 

In the years since this speech the US, and its allies, have engaged in major conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan - and the 'War on Terror' has had profound diplomatic, military and financial implications for the entire world. 

This week we will start to examine the global impact of Securing Liberty.