“Anyone who trades liberty for security deserves neither liberty nor security.” – Benjamin Franklin
EISENHOWER WARNED us and now as a reaction and an excuse born out of the attacks on September 11, both Democratic and Republican parties have vanquished individual freedom on the altar of protection.
From Salon.com, an article that first appeared on Alternet, by David Rosen:
Americans’ personal privacy is being crushed by the rise of a four-headed corporate-state surveillance system. The four “heads” are: federal government agencies; state and local law enforcement entities; telecoms, web sites & Internet “apps” companies; and private data aggregators (sometimes referred to as commercial data warehouses).
[...] But what happens when the boundary separating or restricting corporate-state collaboration, e.g., an exceptional crime-fighting incident, erodes and becomes the taken-for-granted operating environment, the new normal? Perhaps most troubling, what happens when the traditional safeguards offered by “watchdog” courts or regulatory organizations no longer seem to matter? What does it say that the entities designed to protect personal privacy rights seem to have either been effectively “captured” or become toothless tigers?
How 9/11 impacts people who lost love ones on 9/11 we can only imagine.
But the job of keeping America the country we once were before we let fear hobble our allegiance to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights seems to have been laid down for eternity.
Benjamin Franklin was right.