Saturday, July 19th, 2008 | Author:

You already know that airport security riles me enough that I hope to never have to fly again. (If you somehow missed it, you can read here, here, here, and here.) Now I’m even more riled. Counterpunch has posted an article on this very same subject. It seems that the “watchlist,” which identifies innocent citizens as criminals, now numbers over one million. Yes, that’s 1,000,000.

Does it make you feel safe to know that the government thinks there are 1,000,000 potential terrorists loose on our shores? Does it make you feel safe that one of those people is former Assistant US Attorney General Jim Robinson? Looked at from another way, does it make you feel safe that the US government can’t tell the difference between a man with top security government clearances and a terrorist? Does it make you feel safe that not even one terrorist has been apprehended using this list, and yet the privacy rights of millions of Americans are routinely violated?

Paul Craig Roberts finished his article with the real danger in all this:

What the “watch list” or “no-fly list” is doing is training Americans to submit to warrantless searches, to abandon their constitutional rights, and to submit to humiliation by thugs and bullies. A Gestapo is being trained to have no qualms about searching and intimidating fellow citizens, using any excuse to delay or arrest them. Americans are being taught to use arbitrary power and to submit to arbitrary power. In the false name of “safety from terrorists,” Americans are being made the least safe people on earth.

And if that doesn’t make you stop and think, then I turn you over to Ben Franklin:

Any society that would
give up a little liberty

to gain a little security
will deserve neither and lose both.

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