Re: “Being a whistle-blower in the post-9/11 world” (Thomas Friedman column, 6-13).
Friedman has eloquently and rationally expressed the basic affect terrorism has on a civilized society. He concedes that terrorism is an effective method utilized by a minority of zealots (a handful relative to the world’s total population) to bring about dramatic political/philosophical changes in the mindset of societies that do not share their beliefs or objectives.
Friedman has described the actual, not ideological, strength of our collective commitment to individual liberty from an oppressive, intrusive government. Although careful to acknowledge the potential dangers of possible abuses of “data mining,” Friedman ignores the potential danger to a society that abrogates its longstanding, traditional and oft-touted love of freedom for a sense of security provided by what can only be described as a true nanny state.
Living in a free society, one that does not monitor and/or control the movements, expressions and activity of its citizens, is a risky and sometimes dangerous endeavor. Friedman has masterfully engaged on the path down the slippery slope that eventually leads to the ultimate goals of the terrorists from whom he would have our government protect us.
We send our youth around the world in an effort to bring freedom to others. And yet we would allow the dampening of those freedoms by our own government for a sense of safety. Ironic.