For instance, the president’s decision this week to ask Sen. Chuck Shumer to reintroduce a bill to provide a federal reporter shield law had a certain ring of cognitive dissonance. It came across like an irritated grownup trying to shut up a screaming child with a piece of candy. As much as reporters would like such a thing, the reintroduced shield bill would come with the same watered-down language Obama insisted upon in an earlier version, which ultimately made it worth little.
The dance between freedom and security has gone on a long time in this country. Bad people will always take advantage of freedoms and privileges to hurt people, but that shouldn’t devalue those freedomes.
Even with the best intentions, those in power face pressures to safeguard the public with a heavy hand, but they face similar pressures to safeguard political power.
A CNN/Time?ORC International Poss last month found 4 or 10 Americans would sacrifice some liberties to fight terrorism. They may wish to rethink that.
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