AP-NORC did a survey/poll on security vs. freedoms. Some results from this article:
—71 percent favor surveillance cameras in public places to watch for suspicious activity.
—58 percent favor random searches involving full-body scans or pat-downs of airplane passengers.
—55 percent favor government analysis of financial transactions processed by U.S. banks without a warrant.
—47 percent favor requiring all people in the U.S. to carry a national ID card and provide it to authorities upon demand.
—35 percent favor racial or ethnic profiling to decide who should get tougher screening at airports.
Governing is all about balancing security with freedom. Are the scales tipping too far in either direction?
I'm resigned to live with transparent security efforts such as metal detectors and bag searches. I'm not keen on much of the patriot act and the more sinister types of secret surveillance. I thought the warrant process worked pretty well.
I'm also worried that SO many people are voting and/or making opinion based on irrational fear (of terrorists).