Is There a Trade-off between Security and Liberty? Executive Bias, Privacy Protections, and Terrorism Prevention

  title={Is There a Trade-off between Security and Liberty? Executive Bias, Privacy Protections, and Terrorism Prevention},
  author={Tiberiu Dragu},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={64 - 78}
  • Tiberiu Dragu
  • Published 1 February 2011
  • Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
I develop a game-theoretic model of an interaction between an antiterrorist agency and a terrorist organization to analyze how the probability of a terrorist attack varies when the level of privacy protections changes. I derive two implications. First, privacy and security from terrorism need not be in conflict: when accounting for strategic interactions, reducing privacy protections does not necessarily increase security from terrorism. Second, and more important, the antiterrorist agency will… 
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