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Published:February 25th, 2009 20:33 EST
Most Americans Believe In Safety Versus Privacy

Most Americans Believe In Safety Versus Privacy

By Andrew Chien

Most Americans believe that their security is more important than their privacy, according to a poll conducted by ABC news. 65 percent says it is more important for the government to investigate terrorism than for it to protect privacy. Dissent, however, has nearly doubled while paradozically remaining insignificant. The concerns of the people grew up to 3 in 10 Americans believing that the federal government has made unjustified intrusions into personal privacy as it investigates terrorism.


It`s not that Americans don`t value their privacy or constitutional rights. I`m sure most Americans don`t even know their rights. It`s the classic clash of the right to security against the right to privacy.

I`d rather be SAFE than SORRY "


"If we restrict LIBERTY to attain SECURITY we will lose them both."

I believe that any investigation of our citizens without due process and just cause is wrong.

Isn`t that what separates US from THEM?

That WE have unalienable rights and freedoms?

We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men... not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular, " said Edward Murrow in response to the tactics of McCarthyism.

Replace communists with terrorists and instantly a disturbing parallel is drawn. Even now, decades after McCarthy and the Red Scare proved to be mostly an elaborate governmental paranoia. People still find Murrow and other critics in the same vein as treasonous, despite the fact that they are only utilizing their freedom of speech and press to stand up for the rights of the individual.

However, many would be willing to lay down those rights because they have nothing to hide. "

Well, since the largest and most violent terrorists in America are white supremacists, then I suggest that all White Conservative Christians be put under constant surveillance and sent into concentration... er, internment camps.

Three British journalists have reported that al-Qaeda is training female agents to hide 8 to 12 ounces of plastic explosives in their vaginas.

Therefore, ladies and hermaphrodites prepare for gynecological exams before boarding your flight.

All wars require time and money. After all, that`s just what we did with the War against Drugs. Now, it`s impossible to get drugs. My friends have to buy plane tickets to Iraq or North Korea just to get high.

Oh, I`m just demonstrating absurdity by being absurd.

The rational way to fight terrorism: we should just stay the course " and keep on pumping money into this cause.

With experience and proper funding we can beat terrorism.

Israel has been dealing with terrorism since the 1920`s and spends more money on fighting terrorism than any other country. Hopefully if we do these things, then we`ll be as safe as Israel.

Let us Not forget McCarthyism