Redditor KnightOfCydonia posted:
“Patriot act turns 10 years old today. And with it, they have accomplished: Full body pat-downs, Body scanners, increased police presence in public areas, increased policing power, TSA on highways, “Homeland Security” street lamps, increased usage of drones militarily and domestically, warrentless searches, the ability to completely ignore the Constitution in emergency times, emergencies are labeled at their own discretion, unconstitutional killings of Americans, full capability of closing businesses, full capability of confiscating whatever information necessary, executive declaration of war (without congressional approval) and some congressmen say, we don’t even know the half of it.
What would you choose if we could go back, liberty or the illusion of safety?”
I can think of a lot of additional freedoms that have been sacrificed on the altar of “safety”. As Ben Franklin said: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Notice it is the safety that is temporary, not the giving up of liberty.
So, do you feel safer?