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Blackwater founder Erik Prince, author of a new GWOT memoir, asserts that in attempting to make us safe America's counterterrorism efforts have gone too far, warning that we are "too quick to trade freedom for the illusion of security."
What aspect of our national security efforts makes you the most insecure?
The drones. I forget, which part of the Constitution says it's okay for the government to kill a 16-year-old American citizen in Yemen with a missile, with no trial or due process?
The eavesdropping. The NSA takes in way more information than it could possibly use or should ever have. God knows what list I'll get put on for clicking this answer.
The whole ball of wax. The idea of a "war on terror" is so open-ended and all-encompassing that it can never be won. Which is why the tactics for waging it will continue to grow until they consume us.
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