Thanks for responding. The short answer is no. But unfortunately it’s not so simple. Private citizens don’t have the intelligence / forensic / information gathering / spy craft techniques and equipment.
They sure as hell can help, but then there’s also the risk of vigilanteism.
If you trusted your government, you’d probably feel less queasy about it. The answer is in the “present crop”.
Can you deny the fact that the early founders, for all their brilliance, never dreamed of today’s destructive capacities and extreme vulnerabilities? They did worry about tyranny, foreign entanglements and such. But that was the age of muskets, of tight-knit communities and not sprawling metropolises, of sailing ships and not mini submarines, of horse and ox drawn wagons and not containers all alike stacked up to heaven.
In any case, the issue needs study. I don’t think anyone sincerely worried about security in today’s world needs to automatically be considered an anti-American traitor.
"Can you deny the fact that the early founders, for all their brilliance, never dreamed of todays destructive capacities and extreme vulnerabilities?"
"Give me Liberty, or give me death!"
Case closed. Those men were much more likely to die at the end of a musket or bayonette, or a noose for taking up against the crown than any of us are to go up in a nuclear fireball, and they considered the liberties we now take for granted more important than their lives.
I think I probably have less likelihood of ending up in a nuclear terrorist attack in my lifetime than I do a re-education camp. If it ever came to that, and I had to choose which way I'd rather go out, I'd take the bomb. More importantly, I think the majority of these laws are much less about keeping WTP safe from foreign terrorists, than keeping our overlords safe from US. "No thank you" to potentially putting the country under despotic rule in exchange for a little security.
posted on 12/08/2011 1:11:25 PM PST
(Generic Republican - 2012. He's the only 'electable' candidate.)
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