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9/11 Terror Attacks & Their Effect on America
Silent leges enim inter arma (“In times of war the laws fall silent”) is the celebrated Ciceronian epigram that has betokened the end of free states for more than two millennia. America has fought a number of wars already in which our leaders have seen fit, for one reason or another, to curtail the liberties of our citizenry by changing the laws of the land, undermining the U.S. Constitution, the rights protected in the Bill of Rights, and common law protections of individual sovereignty.
It is certainly not coincidental that the militarization of American society has encouraged the militarization of law enforcement at every level, from federal agencies that now routinely spy on American citizens the way opposing armies engage in espionage and surveillance to ever-more heavily armed and aggressive police forces that often behave like occupying soldiers.
The changes since 9/11 have been dismaying to those of us old enough to remember an America without police checkpoints, a Department of Homeland Security, and airports that did not regard every passenger as a potential terrorist. It’s hard now to recollect what it was like to drive up to Canada on vacation without passports or having to endure a gauntlet of suspicious border personnel, or to open a bank account without multiple proofs of residency, or to use a word like “terrorism” in a phone conversation or email without wondering momentarily how many eyes and ears might be listening or reading.
We therefore ought to reflect as Americans on the potential long-term cost, both in lives and in laws, of the War on Terrorism. As we remember the fallen on 9/11 and all those who have since given their lives to combat Islamic extremists, we should determine not to allow the power of such events to utterly overwhelm our heritage and our liberties. We should decide to give voice once again to that portion of our laws that we have permitted to fall silent.
Originally posted by Granite
The big turning point could be the November election if enough emcombants get voted out the remaining will fall inline toward cooperating.
Please don't be a foolish voter, your children lives and the American republic are counting on your judgement.