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Principalities and Powers

Principalities and Powers
Principalities & Powers\r\nbv Samuel Francis\r\nEnemies Within and Above\r\nWithin a few hours of the terrorist attack\r\non the World Trade Center and the Pentagon\r\nlast September, it had become\r\ncommonplace for even high-rankiirg\r\ngovernment officials and elected leaders\r\nto say publicly that Americans would just\r\nhave to get used to fewer constitutional\r\nliberties and personal freedoms than they\r\nhave traditionally enjoyed. Of course, that\r\nwas hardly news, though it may have\r\nbeen the first time such leaders actually\r\nadmitted that our freedoms are dwindling.\r\nAmericans have been losing their\r\nliberties for several generations now and,\r\nfor the most part, seem entirely content\r\nto do so. By the end of the week of September\r\n11, some callers to radio talk\r\nshows were saying, quite literally, that\r\nthey were willing to give up "all our constitutional\r\nrights" if only the government\r\ncould keep them safe from terrorists.\r\nThe govemment seemed ready to oblige.\r\nPlans to expand wiretapping and surveillance\r\npowers were perhaps understandable,\r\nand bans on carrying scissors and razor\r\nblades on domestic air flights were not\r\ninfringements of constitutional rights in\r\nany case, but some proposals went well beyond\r\nreasonable security measures. A\r\nweek after the attacks, the Washington\r\nTimes carried a front-page but none-too-accurate\r\nstory headlined, "Wartime presidential\r\npowers supersede liberties," which\r\nargued...

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