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Bin Laden won this war

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From http://www.flickr.com/photos/22966880@N06/2303197115/: The patriot act is watching you
The patriot act is watching you by crazbabe21
 

...and stole our heart and our soul

Just before Easter, as I stood waiting at the Pittsburgh airport in the interminable security lines that were creeping along at the pace of a terrapin, I said to a stranger from Texas, "Bin Laden won this war."
She smiled. I did not.
I was serious. She just wanted to reach Galveston by nightfall.
That exchange occurred before I was forced to remove my shoes and my belt, placing them -- along with my wallet and change, and along with my Macbook and iPad, in the ubiquitous, ugly grey container. Finally, I raised my arms in a gesture of submissive defiance while being viewed by one of Big Brother's henchmen behind the iron wall.
Yes, we can talk of privacy, but since the 9/11 debacle, we really have little. 
In fact, bin Laden destroyed us economically, emotionally, and spiritually. We have little money left, huge debts that occurred primarily because of the action of that Saudi national whom we finally killed in 2011.
Think of how much bin Laden has cost this country. First, we now have a new agency (Dept. of Homeland Security) with thousands of employees, along with a department that we never heard of prior to 9/11: the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The TSA employees can wave wands at every part of our body and pat us down in embarrassing ways or in private places, all under the guise of protecting our Homeland Security.  
As a patriot, we must submit to their requests.
Second, our country started a war shortly after the carnage wrecked on 9/11 -- the longest in our history, one that still continues to take place in a distant, forlorn wasteland. Our government then initiated another war a few years later, one that had nothing to do with bin Laden. 
Together, those wars have cost more than a trillion dollars thus far, with thousands of our special military personnel giving their precious lives in that effort. It also resulted in the  loss of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, albeit ones that Americans hardly even considers today.
All to secure our homeland.
In addition, our country has made millionaires from owners of companies that never existed until our government decided to outsource good government jobs to private contractors. 
Enter Booz Allen, the employer of Edward J. Snowden. This 29-year-old contract employee of just three months was able to access top-secret documents that outlined exactly how the government has gained access to the personal information of each of us and is storing it away -- all in the name of our patriotic duty. 
Some call Snowden a patriot, others a traitor. 
The reality is that Booz Allen has only one customer: the U.S. government. In fact, the company earned $1.3 billion last year from the government just on intelligence work http://www.nytimes.com="" 2013="" 06="" 10="" us="" booz-allen-grew-rich-on-government-contracts.html="">.
Booz Allen should be banned from ever earning another government contract. 
That will never happen. 
In the year of 1984, I remember assigning the George Orwell novel 1984 to a high school class and laughing about it. saying, "Hopefully, we will never become the society detailed in this work of fiction. Even the Soviet Union was never really this bad."
Never did I believe that this would happen in America -- the land of the free and the home of the brave. 
How gullible.
Yet, here we are expressing outrage at the government that we provided with the power to intrude into our lives after passage of the Patriot Act almost 12 years ago. If politicians are so outraged by Snowden's act and are not really providing some faux vituperation in this latest debacle, then just ask them as a body: Repeal the Patriot Act. 
That will never happen. 
Finally, Bin Laden has stolen from us what is most precious: Our heart and our soul, what we thought we stood for as a democracy, those intangible rights that Thomas Jefferson wrote about in the Declaration of Independence and James Madison protected in the Bill of Rights. 
Remember Abu Graib.
Those rights, ones that went to the core of our being, are gone forever.
Bid Laden eventually lost his life -- but he won the war. 

 

A Pennsylvanian who believes that the Bill of Rights is the greatest gift given to us as Americans.
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One of the problems with something like the Patri... by Judy Swindler on Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 at 8:17:46 PM
This has been happening for decades, and you are r... by Mel Thoresen on Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 at 12:11:06 PM
You are right. Trying to recover what was lost is ... by Hugh Brady Conrad on Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 at 12:16:00 PM
I agree with everything you say excepting the date... by George W.Reichel on Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 at 11:19:38 AM
you're blaming Bin Laden - who stated he did not d... by Kent Welton on Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 at 11:22:03 AM
Kent the evidence points to shadow forces in our G... by Mel Thoresen on Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 at 12:04:52 PM
I agree that the Patriot Act was in the works with... by Hugh Brady Conrad on Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 at 12:22:37 PM
Sorry, but you're simply wrong. He denied responsi... by Paul Carline on Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 at 5:39:06 PM
If we accept the assumption that ObL was the real ... by Richard Pietrasz on Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 at 12:49:15 PM
None of us can say OBL was killed in 2011. There a... by remo on Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 at 4:40:00 PM
Bin-tonkin-gulf?  Bin-pearl-harbor?  Bin... by rich winkel on Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 at 5:11:09 PM
I will just reply to the bin Laden aspect of this.... by Hugh Brady Conrad on Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 at 8:38:29 PM
Have you seen and heard the video?  Did you k... by Richard Pietrasz on Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 2:09:30 PM
drowned.  Not to mention the alleged body of ... by Jill Herendeen on Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 5:06:37 PM
Bin Laden did not win the war.  He was never ... by Patricia Gray on Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 at 10:40:34 PM
When a few able people lead many knowledgeable vot... by BFalcon on Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 2:48:32 AM
Most of the above commenters are right. Bin Laden ... by Davey Jones on Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 at 12:11:08 AM
You are entitled to your feelings... the belief th... by Rommey on Friday, Jun 14, 2013 at 3:19:56 PM