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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Sacrifice Liberty For Security? Not Without a Fight - by Jay Bookman

 This is supposed to be America, the land of the free and the home of the brave.
 
But I'm beginning to have my doubts, about the free part and the brave part, too.
 
This America, this increasingly strange America, is looking more and more like the land of the cowed and the home of the silent.
 
In this America, we have a military agency, the National Security Agency, secretly tracking and analyzing every phone call or e-mail that is sent or received by hundreds of millions of American citizens, with records of all of those calls retained forever.
 
And in this America, millions and millions of people profess to be quite comfortable living under a government that wants to know who every one of us is talking to, and has the technology to realize that ambition.
 
It will keep us safe, some Americans have responded. Only those with something to hide should be worried, others have said.
 
But then again, we all have something to hide, don't we? My something may be different than your something, but we all have something we would rather keep to ourselves — the things we read or watch, the things we do or think or buy, the people we talk with or the Web sites we visit. . . .
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