• We are screened more. We are scanned more. It's all to protect us more, but it's ticking off a lot more of us more.

    It's understandable.

    I don't like the government secretly collecting records of ordinary Americans' phone calls. But I don't like ordinary Americans dying either. Just like I don't like being frisked before I get on a plane. But I guess it's better than risking a bad guy getting on that plane.

    Such are the times in which we live, where we have to live with inconveniences that can border on the hysteric.

    I don't know. I do know that we haven't been attacked on our soil in nearly four and a half years. I suspect because we're watching more, listening more and yes, tapping more.

    Trust me, all this fuss over freedoms would fade in a mushroom-cloud moment if there were another attack on our soil. The problem is that the longer we go from the last attack on our soil, the more we seem convinced there won't be another attack on our soil.

    There will be.

    We can thwart a thousand of attacks, but we'll all remember the one we do not.

    I am not for creating a police state. I am for creating a safer state. A place where those who whine and moan can have a day to whine and moan and to read about it in the next day's headlines. Better to read them there than in the next day's obituaries.

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