Tighten security Will you choose Option 8?
Pass laws to give the police and government more powers to pursue terrorists. For example, allow arrest without charge or trial.
This may be a good idea. Rounding up potential terror suspects and interviewing/interrogating them might not only stop some terrorists; it might also lead to vital information that could help capture other terrorists elsewhere.
But can you answer these questions?
Why do you think this would be effective?
Losing basic rights, such as the right to a trial, shouldn’t happen easily. Isn’t this an overreaction to the events? Traffic accidents in the USA kill around 30,000 people per year and injure 2.5 million. What about tougher laws to prevent these?
This approach will involve detaining many innocent people for possibly years, without needing to give any evidence in courts for their detention. Might this lead to mistrust of government, particularly if certain groups of people are targeted?
In giving the police such great powers, aren’t people losing the sorts of freedoms they normally hold up as what is good about democratic countries?