How do we strike a balance between individual rights and the interests of the community during national emergencies? Traditionally, the government has been allowed to curtail individual rights and increase its powers. Professor Keith Whittington of Princeton University explains what the Constitution says about emergency situations and how we can evaluate government intervention.

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