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Losing freedoms

Monitoring calls by Americans to Americans without warrant is un-American. It is that simple. When we were in a cold war with the U.S.S.R, didn’t we all agree on that? Wasn’t it understood that KGB tactics and spying on citizens was a bad thing? Apparently Americans are now willing to give our own government a pass on this. We should, every one of us, be outraged. Where’s the outrage?

I hear about how “everything is different since 9/11.” Apparently it is. My countrymen are now willing to give up all that it means to be American for the sake of “security.” When Benjamin Franklin said, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety” he was talking about us.

We’re handing over our essential liberty. We’re no longer freedom-loving Americans. We’re security-loving Americans. America used to be about those who would accept risk to ensure personal liberty and justice for all.

I just had a baby girl, my first. I know about feeling vulnerable. But I’d have her live in a less-secure America any day than in a world where exchanging your values for piece of mind is OK.

Rose Sponder

Penn Valley

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