New Yorkers Give In To Terrorists

There’s an AP story floating about how commuters are taking subway bag searches in stride. I would like to take this opportunity to point out that terrorists are systematically destroying our country and constitutions through the use of fear and the political system of the United States.

Once upon a time we had our own group of terrorists running amuck (though we now call them the founding fathers) and when they finished their war they wrote a fantastic document we call the Constitution. When they finished they added a Bill of Rights. These are the freedoms we claim to hold high and protect, but one of these very freedoms has been threatened by our own government!

The fourth ammendment to the Constitution was a protection against unreasonable search and seizure.

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

I think it’s pretty clear that probable cause and a specific warrant must be issued before a search is conducted. I question the validity of these so called bag inspections in this light.

Mostly, I am alarmed by responses such as “They should have done this long time ago, ever since 9/11”, “I don’t mind if they’re doing it for the right cause” and “I don’t know how effective it will be, but if it makes people feel more secure, it’s OK.” Have these people grown up in the same country I have? Do they value freedom? Perhaps they should have listened to Benjamin Franklin: “Those who give up essential liberty, to preserve a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

For all the talk about preserving our way of life and our freedoms people sure are willing to give up most of them. When it’s over and we’ve “beaten” the terrorists what will be left?

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