Crackdown on Citizen Freedoms After Paris Attacks Reeks of US Post-9/11

Monday, November 23, 2015
By Paul Martin

In the wake of the terror attacks on Paris, French officials have moved to apprehend anyone suspected of being terrorist affiliates. But those actions have come at the cost of some basic freedoms, and some civil liberties activists are worried about the long-term implications.

The coordinated attacks in Paris on November 13 were among the most devastating in French history. Leaving at least 130 dead and hundreds more injured, French officials were, perhaps understandably, eager to crackdown on anyone responsible and prevent those plotting similar attacks.

In the interest of national security, a 3-month state of emergency was declared. Authorities have conducted 793 raids across the country, hunting down those believed to be responsible for the attacks, which is believed to have been plotted by the self-proclaimed Islamic State terrorist group.

But some worry that the French government’s new security measures could go too far, and linger long after the threat has passed.
“The government is giving guarantees of security to a traumatized population that asks for ever more security, even at the price of sacrificing its own freedoms,” Noel Mamere, one of the few politicians to vote against the new security measures, told Reuters.

“In a few months, these same people will wake up with a hangover and realize that, in the name of fighting terrorism, the country has been locked down and our individual and collective liberties violated.”

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