Security vs. Liberty
Since 9/11, America has seen the total proliferation of the surveillance state. Bush created the Department of Homeland Security, along with the TSA. We were told that we would be safer if only we take our shoes off before we fly, and submit to invasive screenings. Bush also gave us the innocuous sounding PATRIOT Act. Obama continued the surveillance state, signing into law the NDAA, allowing American citizens to be detained indefinitely without ever being charged. Local police forces have become increasingly militarized, and the NSA’s warrantless collection of metadata has been exposed by Edward Snowden.
The question is, has these policies made us any safer? Benjamin Frankin famously wrote,”Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither.” However, is that just the state’s false dichotomy? For instance, prison is supposed to be one of the most secure places. Inmates surrender the totality of their liberty, yet are hardly safer than they are on the outside. Despite the barbed wire fences and many cops, prisoners are still murdered, and many still manage to overdose on drugs that are supposed to be banned.
I contend within the surveillance state; the citizenry is not more secure. They give up their liberty but receive nothing in return. How many attacks have the TSA stopped? How about the NSA, FBI, or CIA? The answer is, of course, none. They have proven time and time again to be grossly incompetent, often doing more harm than good. While we have been at war for the last 15 years, it is the terrorist that have won. The American people have suffered immeasurably from these post-9/11 policies while the State has become empowered and corrupt.
Below, you will find my independent analysis of the surveillance state’s (in)effectiveness. Theoretically, as liberty decreases, security should increase. However, utilizing data from the Global Terrorism Database, the results demonstrate this could not be further from the truth. Since 9/11, acts of terrorism have been on the rise. During Obama’s administration, domestic terrorist events are up 31%. Astoundingly, deaths from these incidents are up a whopping 1425%.
These findings are unrefutable proof of the clear failure of the surveillance state. This data is truly indicative of the government’s real motive. They are not trying to make us safer; they are trying to usurp our rights. As Rahm Emmanual said, never let a good crisis go to waste. The globalists have convinced the public it is in the best interest of the “common good” to give them more control and they will be our protectors. If these programs are so ineffective, they must be abolished. Until the, we must resist them at every turn.
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