Massachusetts Law Review
It is our hope that the legal implications of September 11, addressed in this special issue of the Massachusetts Law Review
, will be of interest to our readers, will provide a springboard for legal and theoretical discussions of these issues, and will promote a sense of balance in understanding the competing interests of protection of civil liberties and the new, uncharted war on terrorism.
Few interests can be more compelling than a nation's need to ensure its own security. It is well to remember that freedom as we know it has been suppressed in many countries. Unless a society has the capability and will to defend itself from the aggressions of others, constitutional protections of any sort have little meaning.