Community Forum April 16: Civil Liberties vs. National Security


After the events of 9-11, what personal sacrifices are we willing to make to keep us safe? Is our democracy strengthened or weakened by the need for more surveillance? A community forum, "Civil Liberties vs. National Security," is set to address these and related questions at Mercer County Community College's Conference Center on April 16, 2004.

A panel of distinguished experts will debate the issues from their unique perspectives, placing today's situation in a historical context and looking at how different groups within society are affected in very different ways.

Panel members will include Kathy Flicker, former assistant attorney general-in-charge of the New Jersey Office of Counter-Terrorism; Hamad Ahmad Chebli, Iman of the Islamic Society of Central New Jersey, Harold Eickhoff, past president of The College of New Jersey; Deborah Jacobs, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey; Hui Chen, former assistant U.S. attorney in the eastern district of New York; and William J. Atkinson, special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

This is the third in a series of community forums sponsored by Mercer County Community College and The Times of Trenton to promote community discussion of vital issues affecting the people of New Jersey. The forum will be of interest to the general public, educators and students, government representatives, the press, legislators, legal professionals and nonprofit organizations.

The forum is set for Friday morning, April 16, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The moderator will be Nancy J. Duff, associate professor at Princeton Theological Seminary. The cost of $35 includes continental breakfast and there is a discounted cost of $25 for students and seniors. Groups of three or more qualify for a 10% discount. For more information contact Lorna Strang at 609-586-4800 ext. 3856 or email

The MCCC Conference Center is located on the West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

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