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The effects of terrorism on civil rights

I'd like to avoid getting blown up as much as the next person, but I'm starting to get concerned about how far this will have to go. We can't let the terrorists win because we're afraid. There has to be a better way.

There's starting to be a lot of discussion about how people with disabilities are effected by these arrests and their aftermath at the airport. Check out
this entry on just one person who's effected.

I know I sure don't want to ever check anything with a Braille display in it. I doubt very seriously it would make it to my distination with all of the dots working.

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j_tgl
Aug. 12th, 2006 12:14 am (UTC)
I thought security went too far a *long* time ago. Yesterday just angered me. I was incredibly pissed off. I should write an entry about it, but commenting here is a good starting place.

I don't really know what to think. On the one hand, I agree with you... I don't want to get blown up. However, on the other hand, I think if they really want to do it we're not going to be able to stop them. we may stop a few attacks here and there, but they'll keep planning... we'll keep bolstering security... having rights taken away... etc. I'm talking about personal civil rights. Individual rights are more important to me than group safety/... whatever.

I even went so far to call our nation/the administration/whoever arrogant today.

There, that's my comment/rant.
puppybraille
Aug. 12th, 2006 01:06 am (UTC)
What I wonder, is if all of the junk that's supposedly going on in Lebanon is going on (which I think it is), we as a nation think we'll successfully stop it from happening here. I don't under politics, but sometimes, I really wonder...
kl1964
Aug. 12th, 2006 01:34 am (UTC)
I have seen a quote passed around many times that has been attributed to Benjamin Franklin. Paraphrasing, he said words to the effect that those who would sacrifice their freedom for the sake of security deserved neither freedom nor security. Truer words were never spoken. No, I don't relish the thought of being blown up, but I can't live my life in constant fear that this might happen, and I sure as heck will not willingly give up my freedoms, freedoms our founding fathers fought for, for the sake of any kind of security, because that's just too high of a price to pay. I do wish more people saw it that way, but alas...
puppybraille
Aug. 12th, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
I agree. The terrorists will have won when we're no the land of the free or the home of the brave. And I think you got the quote almost exactly.
puppybraille
Sep. 20th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC)
I just found this quote, and I think it's what you were referring to in this entry. I know it's rather late, but thought I'd put it here anyway.

Benjamin Franklin

"
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
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