Saturday October 20, 2012

WORCESTER (AP) -- The president of the American Civil Liberties Union is traveling to central Massachusetts to discuss how the U.S. war on terror has affected the rights and lives of ordinary Americans since the 9/11 attacks.

Susan Herman is a constitutional law scholar at Brooklyn Law School and an author. She is set to give a lecture titled "The War on Terror and the End of Civil Liberties" at Clark University in Worcester. The event on Thursday is part of the school's Difficult Dialogues Symposium.

Herman is expected to discuss how Americans have taken a number of steps down the path to an omniscient government that also has unlimited powers.

She is also expected to discuss limitations on First Amendment freedoms and the erosion of democracy during the war on terror.