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Benjamin Franklin stated that those who "give up essential liberty to obtain a little
temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Though harsh, these words still ring true to
this day and have never been truer. We have been trading freedom for safety throughout the
years, and sometimes, the trade is even worth it (Surveillance Under the Patriot Act, 2020). The
examples stated in your post, including; seat belt laws, are proof of this. However, I believe that
the line has been crossed whereby Americans are losing their essential liberty to obtain some
freedom. There is a need to reflect before we get to the point of no return. The war against terror
is causing us to make moves that threaten our essential liberties because of the promise of safety.
The search for security has led us to concentrate on institutionalizing power in ways that may
cause terror that far outweighs what terror groups can accomplish.
It is important to note that the government has been the major and most lethal driver of
terror, especially over the last century. Leaders such as Mao, Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein, Hitler,
Stalin, and Lenin are among the most efficient terrorists in world history. They wielded
unbridled power over their people, and instead of protecting them, they caused terror and
destruction and led to millions of deaths. We have to question whether the race to safety that
started after 9/11 is leading as into a deadly trap. There is already immense power that is
concentrated and wielded by a small number of people in the government, an unprecedented
occurrence that threatens to destroy the protections assured by the constitutions (Turley, 2017,
November 30). This is evident in the USA patriot act and the Department of Homeland Security
that represent a significant restructuring and centralization of power.
The impacts of the programs have not even begun to be felt. New proposals that are
bound to give more and more power to the federal government arise every day. It will usurp
more power, and the state and citizens will have to acquiesce many of their responsibilities,

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Running Head: RESPONSE 1 Response 2: Lucas Name of student Professor’s name Course title Date RESPONSE 2 Benjamin Franklin stated that those who "give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Though harsh, these words still ring true to this day and have never been truer. We have been trading freedom for safety throughout the years, and sometimes, the trade is even worth it (Surveillance Under the Patriot Act, 2020). The examples stated in your post, including; seat belt laws, are proof of this. However, I believe that the line has been crossed whereby Americans are losing their essential liberty to obtain some freedom. There is a need to reflect before we get to the point of no return. The war against terror is causing us to make moves that threaten our essential liberties because of the promise of safety. The search for security has led us to concentrate on institutionalizing power in ways that may cause terror that far outweighs what terror groups can accomplish. It is important to note that the government has been the major and most lethal driver of terror, especially over the last century. Leaders such as Mao, Pol Po ...
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