Saturday, January 16, 2010

poll: majority would give up liberty to be safe from terrorism

"they who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty nor security." - benjamin franklin
poll: majority would give up liberty to be safe from terrorismfrom It is now official. A majority of Americans are willing to give up liberty in order to be safer from terrorism. A stunning new McClatchy-Ipsos poll has found that 51 percent of Americans agree with this statement: "it is necessary to give up some civil liberties in order to make the country safe from terrorism." Only 36 percent of those polled agreed with this statement: "some of the government's proposals will go too far in restricting the public's civil liberties." ... After all, a new USA TODAY/Gallup poll says that 78 percent of Americans approve of the new full body scanners that the U.S. government wants to install in all U.S. airports. So almost 4 out of 5 Americans are perfectly fine with letting airport security officials gawk at their naked bodies just so they can feel a bit safer from terrorists... The truth is that when Americans allow themselves to become so wimpy and so fearful that they are willing to throw many of their most important freedoms out the window, those responsible for the terror scares have won.

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