Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Rant #248: They Got Their Man, Freedom Rings True
For those who think Big Brother is watching, well, he probably is.
But sometimes, it's good to have that eye in the sky.
Based on video, the checking of automobile and phone records, and some swift work by the NYPD, FBI and others, it looks like the Time Square bomb suspect may have been nabbed.
Reports are that the person, or the suspect, is a Connecticut man with Pakistani ties. The man was reportedly identified with the help of fingerprints found inside the car that he set to blow up, but didn't.
If this is, in fact, the right person--and police say there may be others involved--then I think he should get the book thrown at him. As I said yesterday, he would have people lined up to pull the plug on him, if we ever got the chance to do so.
Although video may not have been the main element in finding this guy, sometimes Big Brother looking over your shoulder is not such a bad idea.
Sure, video cameras around such a busy area as Times Square will pick up the mundane things people do--chat with friends, scratch their rear end, pick their nose--but it might also pick up something dastardly.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where we literally have to have eyes all over to thwart those who believe that our way of life is vile and disgusting to their mentalities.
Sure, I hate the fact that when you fly, you have to do everything but take off all your clothes to get through to where you have to go.
And now they are talking about a national ID card issued to all workers in the country. I don't know if I am so keen about that, but if it protects our liberty, well, then I can't argue with it. I don't like it, but I can't argue that it might save us from these idiots.
Back to the Connecticut man. Evidently, what the police thought was nothing more than a random act, well, wasn't. This guy probably has ties with those out of the country who want to destroy us.
If this is true, then I think we have to protect ourselves to the max.
And if it takes a loss of some of our freedoms, so be it.
Sometimes, you have to lose some freedom to strengthen the freedom we already have, and I think that, for better or worse, the time may be coming where we are just going to have to give some to get some.
We are the land of the free and the home of the brave, and if takes losing a little freedom to maintain that lifestyle, then I am all for it.
Posted by Larry at 4:18 AM