Few people, I think, would deny that extraordinary situations call for extraordinary measures. Lincoln suspended habeas corpus during the Civil War and, in my view, he was right to do so. But what we have here is the fabrication of perpetual emergency in order to justify the unlimited and permanent expansion of of government power. The other word for that process is tyranny. It doesn’t happen all at once. But it’s happening pretty fast. Even the reporters at the Associated Press, whose data was sifted and snooped upon, ought to recognize that.
My friend ended with a famous quote from Benjamin Franklin that ought to be one everyone’s lips when they hear the president of the United States tell us that he must “inconvenience” them more or less forever by taking away their Constitutional rights in order to keep them safe. “Those who would give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety,” said Franklin, “deserve neither liberty nor safety.”