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Security measures taken to protect the Houses of Parliament in London, England. These heavy blocks of concrete are designed to prevent a car bomb or other device being rammed into the building.
Security measures taken to protect the Houses of Parliament in London, England. These heavy blocks of concrete are designed to prevent a car bomb or other device being rammed into the building.

National security refers to the public policy of maintaining the integrity and survival of the nation-state through the use of economic, military and political power and the exercise of diplomacy, in times of peace and war. A security measure outside the Houses of Parliament, London, England. ... A security measure outside the Houses of Parliament, London, England. ... This may refer to the: British Houses of Parliament. ... This article is about the British city. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the British Isles Languages None official English de facto Capital None official London de facto Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population – Total (mid-2004) – Total (2001... Placing a concrete floor for a commercial building. ... A car bomb is an improvised explosive device that is placed in a car or other vehicle and then exploded. ... Public policy is a policy or set of policies which forms the foundation of public law. ... The term nation-state, while often used interchangeably with the terms unitary state and independent state, refers properly to the parallel occurence of a state and a nation. ... There is no agreed-upon definition of power in economics. ... Political power is a type of power held by a person or group in a society. ... The United Nations, with its headquarters in New York City, is the largest international diplomatic organization. ... Widely-recognized peace symbol Peace is commonly understood to mean the Other definitions include freedom from disputes, harmonious relations and the absence of mental stress or anxiety, as the meaning of the word changes with context. ... The only atomic weapons ever used in war - the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan by the United States on August 9, 1945, effectively ending World War II. The bombs over Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki immediately killed over 120,000 people. ...


Measures taken to ensure national security include:

The armed forces of a state are its government sponsored defense and fighting forces and organizations. ... The old United States Civil Defense logo. ... Emergency operations or Emergency preparedness is a set of doctrines to prepare civil society to cope with natural or man-made disasters. ... Anti-terrorism legislation designs all types of laws passed in the purported aim of fighting terrorism. ... Critical infrastructure is a term used in the USAs National Strategy for Homeland Security, which was issued in July 2002; it is defined as those systems and assets, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States that the incapacity or destruction of such systems and assets would... The following is a partial list of intelligence agencies, past and present. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A typical classified document. ... Water pollution Pollution is the release of environmental contaminants. ... A water supply system provides water to the locations that need it. ... Climate flips between two modes of operation. ...

National security and rights & freedoms

Following the terrorist September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, and subsequent terrorist incidents around the world, national security has become a paramount concern for all governments and societies. The measures adopted to maintain national security in the face of threats to society has in turn led to ongoing dialectic, particularly in liberal democracies, on the appropriate scale and role of authority in matters of civil and human rights. It has been suggested that Political terrorism be merged into this article or section. ... The resulting explosion after the crash of United Airlines Flight 175 into the South Tower. ... Broadly speaking, a dialectic (Greek: διαλεκτική) is an exchange of propositions (theses) and counter-propositions (antitheses) resulting in a disagreement. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... In politics, authority (Latin auctoritas, used in Roman law as opposed to potestas and imperium) is often used interchangeably with the term power. However, their meanings differ. ... Civil rights or positive rights are those legal rights retained by citizens and protected by the government. ... Human rights are rights which some hold to be inalienable and belonging to all humans. ...


Public discourse on these issues has highlighted the tension that exists between the preservation of the state (by maintaining self-determination and sovereignty) and the rights and freedoms of individuals. Self-determination is a principle in international law that a people ought to be able to determine their own governmental forms and structure free from outside influence. ... Sovereignty is the exclusive right to exercise supreme political (legislative, judicial and/or executive) authority over a geographic region, group of people or oneself. ... Human rights are rights which some hold to be inalienable and belonging to all humans. ... Political freedom is the right, or the capacity, of self-determination as an expression of the individual will. ...


Although national security measures are imposed to protect society as a whole, such measures will necessarily tend to restrict the rights and freedoms of all individuals in society. The concern is that where the exercise of national security laws and powers is not subject to good governance, the rule of law, and strict checks and balances, there is a risk that "national security" may simply serve as a pretext for suppressing unfavorable political and social views. Taken to its logical conclusion, this view contends that measures which may ostensibly serve a national security purpose (such as mass surveillance, and censorship of mass media), could ultimately lead to an Orwellian dystopia. The terms governance and good governance are being increasingly used in development literature. ... The rule of law implies that government authority may only be exercised in accordance with written laws, which were adopted through an established procedure. ... The separation of powers (or trias politica, a term coined by French political thinker Montesquieu) is a model for the governance of the state. ... Individual rights Free speech, free press Soap box, Speakers corner (Hyde Park), blog (weblog) prior restraint, censorship, self-censorship, censor Right to assembly Gay rights, Stonewall Feminism, ERA, equal pay, Title IX Famous political dissenters Gandhi Steve Biko Nelson Mandela Martin Luther King, Jr. ... Logic (from ancient Greek λόγος (logos), meaning reason) is the study of arguments. ... Mass surveillance is the pervasive surveillance of an entire population, or a substantial fraction thereof. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Mass media is a term used to denote, as a class, that section of the media specifically conceived and designed to reach a very large audience (typically at least as large as the whole population of a nation state). ... Orwellian describes a situation, idea, or condition that George Orwell identified as being inimical to the welfare of a free-society. ... A dystopia (alternatively, cacotopia[1], kakotopia or anti-utopia) is a fictional society that is usually seen as the antithesis of a utopia. ...


The debate also raises questions about whether national security is ultimately weakened by the diversion of public sector funds away from basic services such as education, the healthcare system and disaster relief and emergency preparedness, and into national security measures and programs. The public sector is that part of economic and administrative life that deals with the delivery of goods and services by and for the government, whether national, regional or local/municipal. ... A healthcare system is the organization by which health care is provided. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


In the United States, the controversial USA Patriot Act and other government action has brought some of these issues to the attention of even the average citizen. The debate raises the question, "To what extent, for the sake of national security, should individual rights and freedoms be restricted?", or "can the restriction of civil rights for the sake of national security be justified?". President George W. Bush signing the USA PATRIOT ACT in the White Houses East Room on October 26, 2001. ...


Alternatively, one could ask, "to what extent are security and liberty both important concurrent values, each to be maximized within the constraints imposed by the other?" How can a liberal democracy be secure? "In a liberal republic, liberty presupposes security; the point of security is liberty," see Thomas Powers, Can We Be Secure and Free? 151 Public Interest 3 (Spring 2003). This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


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