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Home of the brave, not land of the watched

A News.com reader writes: Our civil liberties and freedom make us Americans, so why should we give up the freedoms that make us different from the rest of the world?

 

  
Home of the brave, not land of the watched

In response to the Sept. 24 column by Mike Yamamoto, "Irrelevancy of the online privacy debate":

I have to say I wholeheartedly disagree with Yamamoto's take on giving up some of our civil liberties in the name of security. Most of the "precautions" that have been proposed by our attorney general will do little to stop a terrorist threat from becoming reality. Our civil liberties and freedom make us Americans. Why should we give up the freedoms that make us different from the rest of the world?

Just because the rest of the world has given up freedoms (such as your random frisking incident in the airport), does that mean we should too? Where does it end once we start down this treacherous slope?

Do you not believe that law enforcement agencies will abuse new power given to them? Maybe not at first, but over time they will abuse them when loopholes are found or the language of the original law is broadened. These transgressions don't all happen at once. They happen over time, and before you are aware it's happening, you've already become accustomed to the loss of certain freedoms you used to enjoy. We as a country cannot take this chance.

The purpose of these attacks is to make us fearful people. It was made to turn us against each other, to not trust our neighbors. They want us to live in fear. They want us to give up that which makes us Americans. I, for one, will not stand for this, because if we do, then we have lost what makes us a unique people and country.

I can't say that I know what we need in this country to fight the threat of terrorism on our soil, but I do know that sacrificing my freedoms is not one of the ways I'm willing to fight it. If people want to live under the scrutiny of constant surveillance and government infiltration into their lives, then they can move to Europe or one of the countries that make this their practice.

Remember, America is the land of the free and the home of the brave, not the land of the watched and the home of the fearful.

Mike Bosch
San Francisco

 

 

    
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