We Have Met the Enemy in the War on Terror ... And He Is Us

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 12 Aug 2006 10:09:06 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Doug Newman - commentary on the newest airport sekurity restriktions.

If America succumbs to full-blown tyranny it will not be because of crazed, diabolical "Islamo-Fascists." It will be because the American people willingly relinquished their freedom in the name of security.


Police state groupies tell us that these are temporary measures necessary to keep us safe from terrorists. Ben Franklin once remarked that those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither. The German people in the 1930s were happy to sacrifice their liberties to a leader who would keep them secure. They did this for 12 years. For the 8871st time, Bush II is not Adolf Hitler. However, the American people are in total denial that their own government, left unchecked, can do far more harm than any foreign terrorist.

In the case of Ex Parte Milligan in 1866, Supreme Court Justice David Davis wrote: "The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances. No doctrine, involving more pernicious consequences, was ever invented by the wit of man than that any of its provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government. Such a doctrine leads directly to anarchy or despotism."

The anarchy of which Justice Davis wrote was that of unrestrained power. When you let people do whatever they want, you get Woodstock. When you let governments do whatever they want, you get Auschwitz.

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I think I can see the day,

Submitted by Josh Hallett on Sat, 12 Aug 2006 10:49:01 GMT

I think I can see the day, and it may not be far off, when the TSA/airlines will banish ALL carry-ons. Everything goes into the luggage bin that you can get in your pocket or purse. On the plus side, it will make getting on and off the plane a whole lot easier and that's gonna help in curbing terrorism too.

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