I agree with Dan and Summer. I too do not see this as a panic or that we are going down some slippery slope to lose our freedoms.
We are still a country in which the citizens are in control. And we can, like a certain someone in this roundtable once told me I need to do, have faith that no matter what laws are passed that might seem to lead us down a path to losing our freedom, people will still desire and fight for freedom. To think that a country whose roots and history are steeped in the pursuit of freedom, for not only ourselves but others, would allow us to fall down a slippery slope of losing that freedom is at best laughable at worst ignorant.
The acts of our Attorney General during a time like this is not anything new, yet we have not lost any freedom and have not been on a downhill since civil liberties we taken away from people in the past. In fact in the past it has been much worse and yet there is no slippery slope effect.
It’s been quite the opposite in my opinion as civil liberties have been extended to we realize that what others fight for the right to do take away the rights of others. An example would be religious freedom in our own country. There is a lot less toleration in society for someone referencing his or her religious beliefs in a conversation or in the workplace. The ACLU is proof that people can and will sue for just about anything they think might offend them. We as a society have become afraid to speak out against anything because we might be labeled as a censor. Because of this we have seen standards in the entertainment world drop to the point were its almost impossible to sit down and watch television with your kids. But if we are to speak out we get dismissed as some evil person who wants censorship.
I agree 100% with Summer when she says, “In my opinion, the issue right now is not whether U.S. citizens’ freedoms are at threat, but instead whether foreign terrorism suspects should be granted the same rights as citizens. Should America set the example by treating the non-citizen immigrants as our own, or should America focus more on maintaining the protection of its true citizens?”
I would not be against having different standards set for those who are not official US citizens when it comes to crime. Nothing dramatic per say, but something that can safeguard U.S. citizens against those who come into this country to commit crime. It would hopefully prompt those who come to this country to actually become citizens in order to enjoy the freedom and prosperity that is available here at the same time protecting the rights of actual citizens to live in safety.