|Jim H-N said on another thread: "Whether it's fighting communism or fighting terrorism, I think it is important that we take civil liberties seriously. We tortured a German citizen who happened to be innocent, we've held U.S. citizens without a lawyer or due process for several years. I think these things are serious and I don't think the current White House takes them seriously. "|
I think these are very legitimate worries captured in the idea that governments expand in wartime. And it wouldn't surprise me if government is both inactive and too active in measures it takes to protect us, or if the Patriot Act and laws and agencies simultaneously do too *much* and too *little* to find, fight, follow, defeat terrorists domestically.
Nonetheless, there is a different standard in the holding of wartime combatants and terrorists. You can't have bail, for example. There is a whole set of issues which have been extensively discussed outside of Objectivist circles and lots of good points made by the neo-cons and others, which is why one needs to to places where the discussions are held by experts in surveillance, intelligence, etc...not dismiss the entire website I recommended out of hand without distinguishing between types of topics and writers among thousands of essays and hundreds of viewpoints, as another poster did, in a sort of objectivist provincialism.