"These are dangerous times.  When we are afraid, we want to
be protected, and since we cannot protect ourselves against such
horrors as mass murder by bombers, we are tempted to run to
the government, a government that is always willing to trade the
promise of protection for our freedom, which left, as always,
the question: How much freedom are we willing to relinquish for
such a bald promise?
   Already the President was calling for more power, more power
for the FBI.  He wanted a thousand more men.  And he wanted to
use the army, no less, in situations like Oklahoma City.  And he
wanted more power to tap our phones and to invade our privacy. 
He wanted express authority from Congress to infiltrate the fringe
groups and, in short, to snoop and to peer and to spy on the
citizenry, especially those who hold different beliefs from those
that flow in the phlegmatic and murky mainstream of America. 
But the question remains, will we really be safer with a thousand
more, or even a hundred thousand more FBI agents armed with
even greater power to more easily tap our phone that are already
so easily tapped and to break into our homes that are no longer
safe under the much-mangled exclusionary rule?"
by:
Gerry Spence
Lawyer and author
Source:
_From Freedom To Slavery,_  from the
new introduction, (St. Martin's Paperbacks, 1995), p. xxiv
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There is no such thing as "security" especially in a surveillance / police state. Why would we trust a government that does not trust us? Why would we trust a government that uses "terrorism" to scare us all into compliance to said police state, all the while aiding and abetting those very terrorists? It's not just a scam...it's treasonous.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    I had some surgery on my eyes recently and the young lady who checked me in handed me two papers and she said it was to explain my privacy rights. It was two pages long and needed my signature. I commented that it should be one line long, "You Have no Privacy, sign here.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    Very well said, and rarely addressed. We are kept in a constant 'state of emergency' so that we will not resist the ever increasing police state. Eventually this leads to totalitarianism, democratic or otherwise. These emergency measures are never repealed either -- look at the Patriot Act, still being renewed every October by the president. And more being passed all the time. Where is the check on this? It's a gaping hole in the Constitution.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    This quote is from a book published in 1995 and just look at how much more safe and free we are 18 years later. (No sarcasm there!) My wife has a t-shirt with a picture of Geronimo. The caption reads "Trust the Government".
     -- Michael Murray, The Sticks     
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    Observation made, we should not have to give up any freedoms held, for the guard to do there job. ref: constitution. Do that which is right and you will have praise of the same. The enemy is in our camp, but the eyes of our God behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. When this is done the people suffer. As our founding fathers took the stand upon the rock conceder Psalm 66. Salvation of a nation is the same for an individual . Doctrines of liberty and freedom by the thirteenth apostle of which and by which we stand as a nation and individuals. Get the picture. Divine Providence. Grace ! given to all men for the obedience of faith.
     -- watchman 13, USA     
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