by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, June 15, 2013
I’m really having trouble with the argument that to be safe, we need to violate our own rights, and that we should just trust the government to do it.
As Ben Franklin said in 1775, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
If it is so essential to our security as a nation for the government to spy on us, shouldn’t we be treated to a public discussion of the pros and cons, rather than being told the matter is too secret to be talked about, even in Congress?
There is no doubt about it, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lied in a hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on March 12, 2013. That’s not just what I think; here is the editorial page editor of the New York Times….
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