“Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” ― Benjamin Franklin. I firmly subscribe to these words, the terrorists did more than just murder over 3000 innocents, they made us question ourselves, become fearful to a degree that we perhaps have never been before and pushed us to become paranoid and accepting of intrusions into our privacy that would have never been otherwise. John Oliver had an excellent segment about the NSA and its beyond the pale intrusive surveillance on our lives when he interviewed Snowden in Russia and he boiled the entire point of the Patriot Act down to whether the NSA should be able to see the American people’s “dick pics” and the consensus was NO! It is time for the Patriot Act to be retired and universally declared as one of the worst pieces of legislation written so that it can become a lesson for future generations as to how not to govern when tragedy strikes. We had plenty of historic examples to pick and choose to guide us and unfortunately we ignored some, such as “There is nothing to fear, but fear itself”- F.D.R. but at least this time, we didn’t intern an entire ethnicity , only allow ourselves to be spied upon at will which I don’t know if one can call that progress. I look forward to the moment when we can rid ourselves of these dark times; the first decade of the 21st century was not a good one for American society, I hope that we will soon move beyond fear.
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