22 October 2006

Security vs. Liberty: Specter says one thing, does another

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

    -- Benjamin Franklin

A couple of days ago, they announced here in Philly that they are going to discard plans to build a big ugly fence around beautiful historic Independence Hall. In addition, they're going to remove some other unsightly barricades that were put in place after 9/11. They will also undo some post-9/11 compromises to the old Supreme Court Chamber, so that it will once again have the original, authentic look and feel. [Read story.]

In response, Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) took advantage of a good media opportunity and said to the press, "You can have security and you can have freedom at the same time, and that's the great balancing act of America."

Oh, really? Then why didn't he think of that before he voted in favor of the Patriot Act and the Military Commissions Act?

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