The persistent myth

The San Francisco Chronicle has a story detailing increased attempts to close the Canadian border, focusing on a Vermont community that literally straddles the imaginary line.  According to the story, the community’s history includes cross-border intermingling and sharing of resources, including sewage, water and emergency response.

Why is this suddenly a problem?  This quote from the story pretty much sums it up:

“It was freer before, but we live in a different world now,” said agent Mark Henry, the operations officer at the Border Patrol’s Swanton Sector, headquartered in Swanton, Vt.

Yes, a border patrol agent admits that Americans have lost freedoms.  The justification?  Take a guess.

“9/11 changed everything,” said Border Patrol agent Fernando Beltran, the operations chief for Swanton Sector’s Newport station, which includes Derby Line.

Seven years later, the events of 9/11 still justify taking away Americans’ freedoms.  Granted, border security is a complex issue and certainly a necessity at times, but it seems like every argument removing our personal liberty gets reduced to “9/11 changed everything.”

There is a time and place to sacrifice liberty for the common good, like not watering one’s lawn during drought conditions.  In the case of 9/11, I fail to see how immediate government reactions made any difference, let alone justify any sacrifice of Americans’ personal liberties seven years hence.

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~ by Daniel on 24 August, 2008.

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