greenleaves - 7:59 pm on Mar 8, 2012 (gmt 0)
People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both.
Everyone is always ok at first with the government AT FIRST when they take anti-civil liberty steps. There is always a 'valid reason'. It is only after they have gotten used to the anti civil liberty steps that the gov then starts to use it on less 'justifiable' reasons.
If you can't accept due process being applied to terrorists, child #*$!ographers, drug dealers, rapists, serial killers, human traffickers, etc, then eventually, you and your children will not have 'due process' applied when something new comes up that the gov doesn't like.
Take a look at the definition of 'Enemy combatant', how it was introduced, and how it can now be applied to ordinary Americans. Maybe your kid will create the next wikileaks, and he will be categorized a terrorist and enemy combatant? Maybe a religious choice, (like converting to islam) and visiting 'suspect places' will make him get tagged 'enemy combatant'. After all, the people who do the cataloging generally earn <$10 and I'd be surprised if they could do math with more than 2 digits in their head.
And don't kid yourself, the gov ain't stopping websites of headgefund managers and other 'financial gurus' who have stolen billions (but just so happen to contribute to political campaigns), or of crooked weapons dealers, they are stopping websites that conflict with the interests of the corporations (and that just so happen to NOT pay us taxes)