Sometimes, without an easily identifiable enemy, it’s hard to remember we’re at war right now. I have listened to numerous people complain about the wiretapping the government is currently engaging in, but this line from a book I just started caught my eye. The passage is describing the early days of WWII and U-boat attacks off the Atlantic coast:

“As the attacks against merchant ships along the coast continued, the U. S. Navy got away with hiding them. Merchant mariners were ordered not to talk about it. Keeping a journal aboard ship was a violation of the Trading with the Enemy Act, punishable by ten years in prison” (p. 21). (Emphasis added by me.)

Are we more concerned with the rights of each and every individual in the United States rather than the rights of all of us not to live in fear? If we were at war with a nation, an easily identifiable foe with geopolitical borders, would we be as concerned with wiretapping aimed at catching spies and agents of that country in the United States?

— Moses, S. (2006). At All Costs. New York, NY: Random House Trade Paperbacks.

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