Civil liberties

There has been quite a bit of discussion lately on how civil liberties are being infringed upon in the name of national security. The latest is a rule issued by the Department of Justice, in which Immigration and Naturalization Services is now required to fingerprint, photograph and question male visitors, ages 16-45 to the United States. People who have voiced disapproval have been criticized because if visitors have nothing to hide, then they should not be offended. I may have nothing to hide, but I don’t think I trust the authorities to decide whether I have a “credible” explanation for my trip out of/into the United States.

Fatema Abdul-Rasul, undergraduate, political science and journalism