Meet the People Who Wrecked Your Civil Liberties

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Jason Kuznicki

Jason Kuznicki is a research fellow at the Cato Institute and contributor of Cato Unbound. He's on twitter as JasonKuznicki. His interests include political theory and history.

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  1. Avatar Will says:

    Unfortunately, we’re faced with the problem of symmetrical idiocy. Substitute “airport personnel” for “Al Qaeda” and you’ve probably got a fair description of the foibles of airport security:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/11/the-things-he-carried/7057/Report

  2. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    I presume we all know the story about time zones and the Bay of Pigs.Report

  3. Avatar Dan Miller says:

    Yeah, when I read the first sentence I assumed there was some scandal at DHS.Report

  4. Avatar Rufus says:

    I’ve been thinking for a while that we need some new Looney Tunes making fun of Al-Quaida.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird says:

      @Rufus, make sure that Mohammed doesn’t show up lest cars armed with makeshift bombs show up in Times Square.

      (Remember when the above would have been seen as slanderous?)Report

  5. Avatar Scott says:

    The surest way to lose is to underestimate your enemy and fail to respect them. They are human as we are and therefore subject to being as stupid and as devious as we are. Look at the US attitude toward the Japs in WW2 and what our underestimation cost us.Report

    • Avatar greginak says:

      @Scott, Before the war Americans thought little of the Japanese so they were very possibly contemptuous and not ready. But once the war started American soldiers had , for quite a while, an almost superhuman view of the Japanese. They inflated their abilities as fighters, which did not help, if anything it hurt morale and confidence to think the Japanese were born to fight in the jungle, etc. Accuracy is a better option then either over or under inflating opinions.Report

  6. Avatar Barry says:

    I’d add that *they* didn’t take our civil liberties away, it was *Americans* who did that.Report