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In the post-September 11th world, are Americans trading their liberty for their security? How does an open society reconcile the inevitable clash that occurs when our notions of freedom come into conflict with a government’s desire for secrecy? Those issues were the focus of a major conference on October 2, 2003 in Boise, sponsored jointly by the Andrus Center for Public Policy, the Frank Church Institute, and the Idaho Statesman. The day-long conference featured presentations from nationally-syndicated columnist David Broder, former Vice President Walter F. Mondale, and former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton. Also participating was a group of current and former public policy-makers, academics, legal scholars, and journalists. From that conference, we have produced the report that follows, one that we think summarizes the key points that were made and the lessons that were learned. Our goal in presenting the conference was not to attack or defend the current national policies but to create a balanced, informed discussion to illuminate and educate. We believe we achieved that goal.

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