Politico: 10 years After 9/11 Americans are Less FreeSubmitted by aVoiceof Reason. on Fri, 09/09/2011 - 18:47
After Sept. 11, we’ve been told repeatedly, “Everything changed.” When it comes to the legal balance between liberty and security, however, the truism is at least partly true.
There’s no question that the legal dynamics of privacy and security were transformed by a series of laws and technologies that, in some cases, made us less free but no more safe. Many of these legal responses — the PATRIOT Act, for example — had been proposed years, even decades, earlier but passed only in the wave of fear after the terrorist attacks.