I’m home preparing for a short radio interview from the Minnesota State Fair this afternoon. I’ll be discussing civil liberties and the USA PATRIOT Act during the 4:00 p.m. hour on the station that goes by the monniker, appropriately enough, of the Patriot — AM 1280, the home of our radio hero Hugh Hewitt, who I believe will be broadcasting for local consumption from the fair this afternoon until 2:00 p.m.
As part of my preparation I just read the essay by Professor Thomas Powers of the University of Minnesota-Duluth: “Can we be secure and free?” The essay is available, for the moment at least, from the “previous issue” archive of the Public Interest magazine, which published it in the magazine’s spring issue. It is simply the best thing that I have read on the subject and I recommend it to you unreservedly if you have any interest in the subject.
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“Arise and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.” Winston Churchill
“Proclaim Liberty throughout All the land unto All the Inhabitants Thereof.” Inscription on the Liberty Bell