In post-9/11 America our citizens have grown accustomed to lawless government.
It gives no joy to make such a claim, but it seems, in the name of security, there is no level of tyranny we won’t bend the knee to; no amount of liberty we won’t surrender. This came as a shocking reminder after the Boston Marathon bombings and the manhunt for Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
In the aftermath of 9/11, for example, and in the name of security we simply succumbed to the inconvenience of air travel—virtually undressing before passing through metal detectors, limiting the size of shampoo we carried in our luggage, and placing our prescription medication in clear plastic bags.
Today, more than a decade later, we allow blue-shirted strangers to touch our bodies in places that if they did so at another time or in another location would lead to fisticuffs or a call to 911.
But in the name of security we’ll surrender our liberty.
In the aftermath of 4/15 the unanswered question is: Will the Boston bombings change the way we live, in the same way 9/11 did? In other words, will we lose more liberty for the sake of more security.
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