Have we lost the war on terror?

We have abdicated our basic civil liberties in the name of national security

By Monica Parker

“Liberty without learning is always in peril.  Learning without liberty is always in vain”  - JFK Have we lost the war on terror? If the goal of our enemies was to so damage the fabric of our national identify as to force us to abandon our most hard fought and cherished principles, then they have won.  Because as a nation we have abdicated our basic civil liberties in the name of national security. 

The losses run the gamut from many of seemingly small nuanced rights to the very building block of constitutional liberty, habeas corpus relief. Habeas corpus is the most fundamental arrow in the quiver of defense law offered to those seeking due process. Where is the outrage from the citizenry at the cavalier manner in which our leaders on both sides of the aisle have eroded in mere months what took us 800 years to build? 

John Fitzgerald Kennedy said “Liberty without learning is always in peril.  Learning without liberty is always in vain.” To all those presidential hopefuls that compare themselves to this great man; learn from the failures of the last 6 years and restore the civil liberties that define us as Americans.  Without it, the soul of our nation is in peril, and a pyrrhic victory overseas will be in vain.  The country and ideals our troops return to will not be the same ones they fought so bravely for.

Monica Parker, Chatham

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