Benjamin Franklin was famously quoted as saying “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety”. Those words have never rung truer than they do today. Yes, it’s true that
The common battle cry that has come from both past and present administrations is that it is essential to our security to collect such data in order to identify potential threats. However, what history has proven is that even with all the data mining our record of preemptive deterrence is spotty at best. Remember,
If we must surrender our lifestyles and privacy in order to protect ourselves from threats otherwise unseen then doesn’t that simply mean the enemy has won without needing to fire a shot? And when we surrender ourselves to our protectors doesn’t that merely open up a second battle front where we must now also protect ourselves from the potential forces of tyranny as well as terrorism?
Personally, I am of a mindset that those who gave their own full measure of devotion didn’t do so in order that we would all have the privilege of living out our lives in some sort of pseudo protective bubble. They did it so that we could spread our wings and live our lives unfettered on the path of our choosing. Yes, there can be dangerous obstacles in our way, but life is full of danger. The price that has been paid to grant us the freedoms and liberties we have been blessed with has been way too high for them to be surrendered back so cheaply.