It's been ten years since 9/11. Washington has started three wars. Massively increased spending. Created big new bureaucracies. And stolen away many of our liberties.
In the immediate aftermath of 9/11 Americans were willing to trade freedom for presumed security, even though most of the powers claimed by the government either did little to protect people or could have been enacted with legal safeguards. Now, it seems, Americans are thinking more about liberty.
With the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks approaching, 55 percent of Americans say “we have given up too much freedom and privacy in the name of security” since the attacks, according to a new national Reason-Rupe Public Opinion Survey of 1,200 adults.
Nearly, 79 percent of Americans feel we have less privacy now than we did before 9/11 and 62 percent say we have less personal freedom today. However, 81 percent have faith that the security measures implemented since the attacks make us safer overall.
But it's not enough to recognize that liberties have been lost. The American people need to fight to win them back. Freedom is not the government's to bestow. Freedom is our birthright as human beings and as Americans that the government must recognize.