- 52 percent said torture of prisoners can sometimes be justified;
- 47 percent favor a national ID card every resident would be required to carry;
- 55 percent favor warrantless government monitoring of private financial transactions;
- 58 percent favor random full-body searches of airplane passengers;
- 71 percent favor surveillance cameras in public;
- 35 percent favor racial or ethnic profiling to decide who get stopped for searches in airports or other public places.
Ten years after 9/11, with no repeat of any attack on the scale of the first one and little evidence any of the extra-Constitutional measures to increase the powers of the FBI and police were responsible for foiling what terrorist plots were discovered, we're still just as afraid of the bogeyman as we were on 9/12 and just as willing to give away our rights for the false promise of protection against him.
No matter how hard I try, there are just some opinions and points of view for which I have absolutely no sympathy.
Giving away inalienable rights to gain unattainable security is thoughtless, self defeating and cowardly.
Through the lens of either the evidence showing the tradeoff doesn't work or the one showing the moral and ethical deterioration inherent in any society willing to abuse the rights of some to make others feel more comfortable, there's simply no other way to look at it.
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