Issues Relating to Security
The idea of ‘security’, especially as used in the phrase ‘national security’, encompasses the protection of the most fundamental institutions of the state from the threat of being undermined by its enemies, whether they are situated within or beyond the country's borders. A substantial part of this chapter is devoted to the traditional concerns of national security: the exercise of wartime emergency powers, the deployment of the armed forces, matters relating to defence and the intelligence services, and so forth. However, the courts, too, form part of the machinery of the government. This is clearly borne out by the fact that courts, no less than locations such as army barracks or police stations, are at risk of being the object of terrorist attacks. Issues of court security, therefore, are also treated as an integral aspect of the discussion in this chapter.
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