Bill Quigley is Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights and law professor at Loyola University New Orleans. He can be reached at email@example.com
Since September 11, 2001, fear has been the main engine of change in the United States. Who would have thought that across the US, where people boast that it is the home of the free and the land of the brave, people would gladly surrender their freedom and liberty because they so fear terrorism?
Who would have thought that the US would allow, much less pay for, the National Security Agency to intercept and store 1.7 billion emails, phone calls and other communications every single day and pay for 30,000 people to listen in on phone conversations in the name of fighting the fear of terrorism?
Who would have thought that people across New York City, where people are proud of their diversity, would fear construction of a mosque and community center downtown?
Who would have thought that people across the US, where people argue that they helped bring down the wall that separated East and West Germany, would so fear their neighbors to the South that they support construction of a wall of separation with Mexico?