A surprising statement, considering that the person who made that statement the other day is no less than the former head of MI5 in Britain, and what she said applies just as much to America. The issue of terrorism can be used in 2 ways to deprive us of our cherished liberties:
1) Thugs can use the security issue in order to gain power. Adolph Hitler was a prime example.
2) However, just as dangerous, as well as much more common is the good-intentioned nation which becomes a nanny in order to "protect us". This is even more insidious because we won't see it coming until it is too late. At least Hitler made no bones about his agenda. Seemingly nice leaders here at home, believing they are doing a "good deed" for their countrymen, have the capability of instituting a police state too, and once the deed is done, it is very difficult to reverse.
Benjamin Franklin had it right all along, but do we? If we should ever get to the point where we deserve neither liberty nor safety, then we are no longer Americans, and this is no longer America.
Article is here.