Is the US government taking away our freedom?

@Amstardam (1348)
United States
June 29, 2007 2:11pm CST
I find that the US government keeps taking away our freedom by making new laws to make our country "safer"! But I think they're just portraying an image of safety. Is this just the US? Do you feel differently? Is your country doing the same thing?
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• United States
29 Jun 07
I think that things like the Patriot Act are actually keeping us safer. As long as you're not a terrorist, the US will not tap your phone line, or follow you. It would simply cost the country too much money to keep strict tabs on everyone.
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• United States
30 Jun 07
Okay..it wouldn't cost the government too much. Here's why..several companies will PAY the government to hand over this service, because information is invaluable to companies..agreeing that, they'll hand over whatever information the government wants whenever they want it. We're not being totally monitered yet, but we're on the verge of it. It won't matter if you're not a terrorist..if the government decides one day, that everyone who dislikes or disagrees with them is a threat.. Besides, I don't agree with giving up our privacy for safety, or our safety. The Patriot Act also authorizes police to not tell you if they have a warrent to enter your house or search your car, it allows the police 'to do whatever's necessary' to uphold the law. It isn't helping..believe me, I know people who have been hurt because of the patriot act, among other things.
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• United States
30 Jun 07
Police officers have never issued anyone a 'warrent', so I don't think that you need to be worried about that. Secondly police officers are already given the opprotunity to do whatever is necessary to uphold the law. That right was not granted to them by the Patriot Act. Again, if you are not a terrorist then you have nothing to worry about. If you're a communist then maybe, but hey that can be expected. These 'companies' that you are talking about sound pretty scary, too bad there are laws to prevent the selling of our personal information. Could you please tell me why a company would pay the government to find out my weight, eye color, or blood type..........
• United States
1 Jul 07
Certain physical traits can be used to find you, no matter where you go. The government doesn't go into this to get information about what you look like, they go into this to find out personal information. Which can effectively be used to conrol you..like if you're a cheating husband, have a disease you don't want someone to know about..virtually anything under the moon. The facts are, you have a right of personal privacy. The government doesn't need to know anything about your life, or what you do, when you do it..because they're basically there to serve us. If they are allowed to get more power than us, they have the ability to control and oppress us. Which they were never supposed to have that power..because America is supposed to be a free country. So you saying that unless I'm a terrorist or something equally bad..really doesn't apply, because I do have a problem being constantly watched, not all because I have something to hide. But because I am a private person, and I've always been offended when..someone used alternative methods to get information, when honestly..I probably would've given them an answer if they'd simply asked. I thought it was only stalkers and potential murderers who watched you costantly..but hey, that's me. No, under law..the police were supposed to only enter your house an seaech your car if they had a warrant or if you let them into your house. Which they no longer have to do. They were able to watch your house and your car if they had probable cause.. But they really don't even have to have probable cause to break into your house and search your stuff now. Believe me, I've been on my way to becomign a private investigator..I'm going to go to a criminal justice college in a year or so, I wouldn't be that serious about my chosen career which I've been working on my current grades so hard for, if I didn't know something. I haven't bothered to look at your profile, so I have no idea if you're not native to the U.S., but believe me. I've done my research. You don't have to believe me on what their specific intentions are, but the rest is fact. As a famous person once said, "Those who give up freedom for safety, deserve neither freedom nor safety." If you want to give up freedom just to be safe..go ahead, just do't begrudge me my choie to defend my freedom and others' right to it. I'm not a terrorist, or a criminal..I wouldn't hurt anybody unless they raised a hand against me, and rarely even then. But I will cease to exist if I have no freedom..I'll simply be like everybody else, going along wit the flow. That is NOT who I am. I'm supposed to be free to be an individual..but how can I do that, in the future? When next year they wantto blackmail everybody into getting one of their uber trackable and hackable cards and chips which they insert into your hand? Because, as much as they claim it's volentary...not being able to travel, get a job, enter a federal building (library, bank, post office, etc), I don't think you can call it mandatory. They have more money than the richest people..the famous folks in tis country, why wouldn't they be able to afford to do anything they want if the could get away with it? I really don't wan to fight with ou, hun. But I wouldn't be talking about any of this..if I hadn't researched for months on this, to make sure they were facts. Goddess, don't you think I want this NOT to be true? How could you think I could want this?
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@jyty77 (3147)
• Finland
29 Jun 07
Yes! You have to stage a revolution! Change whole US government! Whole world feels frightened by those goverment fools! Greetings from Finland!
@kamalila (193)
• United States
29 Jun 07
Greetings from the US. We do have a problem, but at what point do we draw the line between safety and freedom? Unfortunately the US is becoming more socialist. That by itself wouldn't be so bad if we could have the pure form, but human nature would never allow it to work. A few will always attempt to subjugate the masses. Without freedom they will always succeed. With freedom they might, but it is considerably less likely. As for our government? Well, we get what we ask for. We demand more security? We got it - at the expense of some of our freedoms. We want the government to pay our medical expenses? Well they're working on it, but it would be at the cost of higher taxes. And so on...
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@Amstardam (1348)
• United States
4 Jul 07
The world has never seen socialism or communism in it's true form or how it was meant to be! If we had, the world would be a much better place. Sure they have their obvious flaws, but nothing that can't be fixed. I'd rather be a socialist society than one supposedly run by the people.
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