Since 9/11, there has been a creeping change in the way Americans have regarded their personal liberties.
When the Patriot Act was first enacted, there was a hue and cry over civil liberties, the Bill of Rights being trashed, etc.
Despite legitimate criticism by advocacy groups, the propaganda - e.g., along with government-sponsored fear, drowned out serious concern over Constitutional protections of individuals and groups.
Despite lawsuits, the steady encroachment upon civil liberties goes on unabated.
Recently a 95-year-old great-grandmother experienced a humiliating, probing search of her person by TSA agents. Even a former head of Israeli Security argued for common sense.
Routinely, First and Fourth Amendment protections are being trashed under the rubric of 'homeland security' or the so-called 'war on terrorism.'
Sunday, July 31, 2011
From the Hattiesburg American: