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From the beginning of our nation claims of national security have
been advanced as grounds for expanding governmental powers or easing
restrictions on those powers. Perhaps at no time, other than during
active war, have such claims been urged more insistently or on a
broader front than they are now. The reasons for this development lie
deep in our present political, economic, and social condition. They include
the ever-growing complexities faced in the governance of a modem
technological nation, the radical nature of the problems that
confront us at home, the changes taking place in the world around us,
the position of the United States in global affairs, the specter of nuclear
warfare, the vulnerability of modem society to terrorist tactics, and
many others. Whatever the causes may be, the tension between national
security and traditional liberties plainly poses vital questions for
our constitutional structure.

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