Originally posted by nyeff
It certainly seems like we being "conditioned" to accept loss of freedoms.
AMEN! Fear mongering & False Alarm 'color coded' terror warnings are tools of that conditioning.
Some relevant Quotes:
" They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary saftey deserve neither liberty nor safety "-Franklin
"Let's suppose ten people are killed by a small bomb on a street corner in some city in America. The first thing to understand is that there are 280
million Americans. So, there's one chance in 28 million you're going to be one of those people. By such heartless means of calculation, the 3000
deaths in the Twin Towers came approximately to one mortality for every 90,000 Americans. Your chances of dying if you drive a car are one in 7,000
each year. We seem perfectly ready to put up with automobile statistics. I fear I am ready to say there is a tolerable level to terror." - Norman
Originally posted by R. Daneel Olivaw
Exactly what "freedom" did you think you had, that you feel you are now loosing?
Here's a pocket guide for you:
Some of the fundamental changes to Americans' legal rights by the Bush administration and the USA Patriot Act following the terror attacks:
* FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION: Government may monitor religious and political institutions without suspecting criminal activity to assist terror
* FREEDOM OF INFORMATION: Government has closed once-public immigration hearings, has secretly detained hundreds of people without charges, and has
encouraged bureaucrats to resist public records requests.
* FREEDOM OF SPEECH: Government may prosecute librarians or keepers of any other records if they tell anyone that the government subpoenaed
information related to a terror investigation.
* RIGHT TO LEGAL REPRESENTATION: Government may monitor federal prison jailhouse conversations between attorneys and clients, and deny lawyers to
Americans accused of crimes.
* FREEDOM FROM UNREASONABLE SEARCHES: Government may search and seize Americans' papers and effects without probable cause to assist terror
* RIGHT TO A SPEEDY AND PUBLIC TRIAL: Government may jail Americans indefinitely without a trial.
* RIGHT TO LIBERTY: Americans may be jailed without being charged or being able to confront witnesses against them.
And for anyone set to argue the above as 'necessary', please refer to the Franklin quote.