At today's Constitution Day parade the Tea Party Patriot contingent paraded holding the names & photos of New York City firefighters who died on 9/11; their theme was,
Yet James Bamford observes that Post-9/11, NSA 'enemies' include us:
".... Somewhere between Sept. 11 and today, the enemy morphed from a handful of terrorists to the American population at large, leaving us nowhere to run and no place to hide. ...""The atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. ..." (link)
With the usual 20-20 hindsight, I'm wishing I'd thought to survey today's Constitution Day parade TPPs, asking whether curtailing civil liberties is the right response to terrorism.
(I'd like to be surprised; this from Glenn Greenwald in Salon suggests it's possible.)
See also Wired's infographic-laden The Dead, the Dollars, the Drones: 9/11 Era by the Numbers.
Bamford quotes Orwell:
“Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up... You have to live — did live, from habit that became instinct — in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard.”It's no way for a free people to live.