"Terrorism is escalating to the point
that Americans soon may have to choose
between civil liberties and
more intrusive means of protection."
by:
William S. Cohen
US Secretary of Defense
Source:
Army Times, 10/27/98
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 -- Anonymous      
didn't Franklin say "those you would trade essential freedom for security deserve neither and will lose both"?
 -- the guy, next door     
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    We should never have to choose anything over our liberties! That is outrageous. And, yes, Benjamin Franklin did say "...those who would choose a little security over liberty deserve neither and will lose both..."
     -- ashley, saginaw     
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    I choose liberty. And terrorism isn't escalating to that point... paranoia is.
     -- Anonymous     
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     -- Mike, Norwalk      
     -- Kimo, USA      
    Trash talk from a profiteer.
     -- dick, fort worth     
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    " A more intrusive means of protection", then who protects us from the protectors ?
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    jim, exactly ! Does giving up 'Civil Liberties' with its despotic and tyrannous terrorisms (government being the giver and taker-away of liberties by means of terrorism); in favor of inalienable rights and the freedom and liberties ostensibly inherent in the laws of nature and of nature's God, such being a more intrusive means of protection? It is the only choice that makes good sense.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Switch the word Terrorism for Government and you also have a truer statement.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    "Give me liberty or give me death!"
     -- Bethany, Iowa, USA     
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