Ten years on from 9/11there is at least one bit of positive news from a new Pew research poll on civil liberties. The percentage of Americans that feel they need to sacrifice their freedoms for security has continued to decline and now sits at just 40%. In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, that number hit a high of 55% and has dropped steadily ever since which is to be expected.
Of course that is why politicians on both sides of the aisle (but especially the right) have continued to play up the fear factor in hopes of garnering support for oppressive surveillance, detention and torture practices.
Unfortunately having 40% of Americans willing to voluntarily sacrifice the same freedoms that these laws are purportedly meant to protect is still way too high. It's high time to educate people about the importance of the bill of rights and what it really means to everyone. Maybe then we will get a movement toward repealing the PATRIOT act.
Hey, a guy can dream right?
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