They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty

The willingness some Americans have to throw away their basic rights sometimes astounds me.

For the first time in the annual State of the First Amendment survey, almost half (49%) of those surveyed said the First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees—a 10-percentage-point jump from 2001, which suggests new public concerns in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

The State of the First Amendment 2002 survey report was released today in a media briefing at the National Press Club.

“The stakes have risen for the First Amendment in the wake of September 11,” said Ken Paulson, executive director of the First Amendment Center. “The results of our 2002 survey suggest that many Americans view these fundamental freedoms as possible obstacles in the war on terrorism.” In 2001, 39% of those surveyed said the First Amendment went too far in the rights it guarantees.— New ‘State of the First Amendment’ survey suggests many Americans see freedoms as obstacles in war on terror

The article goes on to mention the following additional findings:

  • About half of those surveyed said the American press has been too aggressive in asking government officials for information about the war on terrorism.
  • More than four in 10 said they would limit the academic freedom of professors and bar criticism of government military policy.
  • About half of those surveyed said government should be able to monitor religious groups in the interest of national security, even if that means infringing upon religious freedom.
  • More than four in 10 said the government should have greater power to monitor the activities of Muslims living in the United States than it does other religious groups.

About 40% of those surveyed said they have too little access to information about the governments war on terrorism, compared to 16% who said thereҒs too much. Forty-eight percent of those surveyed said theres too little access to government records, compared to just 8% who believe thereҒs too much.

The least popular First Amendment right once again was freedom of the press. Forty-two percent of respondents said the press in America has too much freedom to do what it wants, roughly the same level as last year.

The survey also found, as in previous years, that many Americans are unable to name the five freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment. The percentages of those responding who were able to identify individual freedoms:

  • 58%  freedom of speech
  • 18% ח freedom of religion
  • 14%  freedom of the press
  • 10% ח freedom of assembly/association
  • 2%  freedom of petition

The national survey of 1,000 respondents was conducted by Center for Survey Research and Analysis at the University of Connecticut by telephone between June 12 and July 5, 2002. The sampling error is plus-or-minus 3%.

Stupid, idiotic, cheese-brained, sheep. Shit like this always puts me in a bad mood.

14 thoughts on “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty

  1. Not worried about our gov’t and excessive security measures. I am worried about terrorists.

  2. Terrorism has won if we sacrifice our liberties to have peace.  It has won if we become what we fear the most.


  3. here, here pgs. Terrorism’s main goal is to instill terror. To make you change your life because you are afraid of what terrorists might do. If we lose any amount of freedom because we are afraid, we’ve lost the war on terrorism. They’ve won.

    I’d fly home on a commercial airliner TODAY from Afganistan, with only the most meanial of security. I am NOT afraid.

  4. do you understand the fact that you are a stupid ass. If you are not scared of them then why don’t you get your ass over there and kill the bastard. He took away a big part of this notion, and it is our duty as americans to go aver there and get it back ourselves. We have the most freedom of any nation in the entire world. If you can not accept that then you need to take your finger and shove it in your awn ass.

  5. Oh my, such a compelling argument. OK, not really, it’s difficult to determine just what it is you’re trying to say.

    As for having the most freedom of any nation in the entire world, well, there are many that would disagree with you. I believe the U.S. ranked 13th on the international list of countries with the most freedom according to one study. That means there are 12 other countries that could be considered to be more free than the U.S., but you just keep spewing your patriotic rhetoric like a good little monkey.

  6. Are Fundamentalist Christians and Evangelical Christians planing to insert their beliefs into our government?  THE ANSWER IS YES!!!  The so called Conservative, for example Rush and David Limbaugh, George W. Bush, John Ashcroft, Bill Frist, Tom DeLay, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Roy Moore, Ann Coulter, and tens of thousands religious fanatics, are the American Taliban who would replace the CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA with the Decalogue (Ten Commandments). We are losing the fight!!!

  7. Yeah poor Muslims we just won’t let u go around murdering anyone u want with impunity; you poor mistreated infidels.

  8. no difference between the Muslims & Christians both of you are just as fucked up, just as hateful, just as intolerant, just as INSANE.
    So climb down off your high camel there Mohamad pull your head outa yer ass and face reality.

    Prophiter isn’t far off the mark unfortunately.

  9. no difference between the Muslims & Christians both of you are just as fucked up, just as hateful, just as intolerant, just as INSANE.
    So climb down off your high camel there Mohamad pull your head outa yer ass and face reality.

    You are on crack.  When was the last time you saw a Christian behead an innocent man?  Dumbass.  As for the first amendment, of course people think freedom of the press goes too far, because they no longer have any standards or regard for people.

  10. Speaking from a perspectibve not biased by media and ingnorance – neither Muslim or Christians are inherently hateful – the poison lies in the hearts of the leaders and the hearts of the institutions that deliver the news – Terrorists arent ‘real muslims’ – just like Bush voting Evangalists arent ‘real christians’. How can a Christian marry his faith with an invasion (sorry LIBERATION) that kills so many innocent people, its a commandment for Gods sake (THOU SHALL NOT KILL). – Jesus and Mohamad both would be very ashamed, if not darn right angry.

  11. Not worried about our gov’t and excessive security measures. I am worried about terrorists.

    My worries are the complete reverse.  I don’t fear another terrorist attack at all, but I’m quite concerned about this Administration’s attack on the Constitution, and even more so about the number of Americans who believe the only way to be “safe” is to give up our rights.

    We should fear our homegrown American religious extremists even more than we do those of the Middle East; as far as I know, there are no Muslim extremists in our government.  But there’s certainly no shortage of Christian extremists.  Having to live in a society governed according to the Bible would be just as bad as living in one governed according to the Koran.

  12. People today have become selfish. They have become too absorbed in their own lives to care about
    the lives of their children or grandchildren. Don’t you realize that the slow loss of our freedoms means that our grandchildren will never know the freedoms you have enjoyed. And all because you have allowed your government to use the terrorism threat as an excuse to slowly remove your freedoms.

    If you were truly patriotic then you would be fighting against the slow dismanteling of our Bill of Rights. How many letters have you written to your Congressmen and Senators? Do you really believe that your freedoms can be bought?

    If you think back you will remember that this Presidents father spoke of a “New world Order”.
    As you watch our jobs being “outsourced to Mexiso and China did you ever think of speaking up? As you watch global warming increase while our Government does nothing where have you been? Do you really believe that you will do better with Social Security ptrivatization? Come on people wipe the sleep out of your eyes and do something.

  13. Someone ask, “when was the last time you saw a Christian publicly behead someone,” the answer is not since the Middle Ages.  I did however see a Christian throw a firebomb into a family-planning clinic.

    Both religions are full of shit and given the chance metastisize into theocratic tyrannies.  The difference is that we hadn’t, until lately, given our particular brand of crazy the chance.

    Ain’t progress grand?

  14. when was the last time you saw a Christian publicly behead someone

    Christians don’t behead people any more, they shoot people instead: 

    In 1993, Michael Griffin, killed Dr. David Gunn for performing abortions.

    In 1994, Paul Hill, killed a physician and bodyguard outside an abortion clinic; he wounded the wife of the bodyguard.

    In 1998, James Kopp killed Dr Barnett Slepian for performing abortions.

    You could include the shooting and gassing of Jews and homosexuals by Adolf Hitler in the 1940’s—that was a big one; although it could be argued that the person who ordered the killing may not have been a christian.

    You could also include the current killing in Iraq.  George W claims to be a “born again christian” and his election was helped by several christian churches.  The christian religious right has taken over the republican party and the republicans in power are supporting the killing.

    “Muslim fanatics use the idea of holy jihad and rewards in paradise to recruit their dupes into terrible acts of destruction, and in Christian circles there is the solemn assembling for prayer and seeking of blessings for the troops and leaders in their mission of war.”—

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