This certainly give me pause. . . . . After 9/11 most of the US was united on security and 100% prevention of the horror of that day. As time has passed and the news of treatment of prisoners for enhanced interrogation, NSA spying, and the lack of personal privacy has surfaced including at airports, many Americans including me are questioning which is more important. Or is it possible to have it both ?
This last week in India, the government has shut down many sites on the internet. I have had difficulties getting on Facebook at different times during the day. . . early in the morning and later at night. Hmm, times when people would be at home. The explanation was for protection as there was definite information of terrorist activity in India and the government wanted to protect the people from possible terrorist planning, posts, and attacks.
That sounds credible, right? We all want to be safe from terrorist activity! But we want freedom of press, to assemble, of religion, of speech and movement, all freedoms from the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
When the group went to register for immigration, to get WiFi at the University, even check into the hostel, they need Passport photos, copies of their passport, copies of their stamped pages of the Passport and these are requested time after time. David told them to bring 20 copies of everything. At immigration and the Chief of Police , they need to be interviews in order to be registered. There are penalties as an answer to some of you who might think, “Why bother. . . just not do it all?” One group a few years ago did just that out of ignorance and on departure from the country, two were unable to leave the country without the proper stamp on their papers, neither of which they had. The other students were allowed to leave, again without the proper papers. The two were forced to stay in a hotel for a week while many phone calls were made between India and America. They were students with a heritage of different countries in the world. Often it is hard for people or even countries to understand that Americans are from all over the world. We have a boy in this group now who is repeatedly asked if he is African and he always say without hesitation that he is from “America.” Another is asked if he is from China, and he replies “From America.” This is the grand experiment which began in 1776 and continues today, though battled fatigued and often limping along.
So this brings me to this poster with words from two American leaders with many years separating them, saying more or less the same thoughts.
I guess what I am concerned about is “who” is making these decisions for all of us. . . .. choosing freedom and/or security? For me, I want “A government for and by the people, where there is justice and liberty for all.”
What say you ?