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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Criminal Justice Quote: The Loss of Freedom From the Fear of Crime

When physical safety becomes a major problem even for the middle classes, we must of necessity become a heavily police, authoritarian society, a society in which the middle classes live in gated and walled communities and make their places of work hardened targets....Both the fear of crime and the escalating harshness of the response to it will sharply reduce Americans' freedom of movement and peace of mind. Ours will become a most unpleasant society in which to live.

Robert H. Bork, Slouching Towards Gomorrah, 1996

[Politicians are exploiting our fear of domestic terrorism to authorize faceless government bureaucrats to spy on virtually every American citizen. While the Fourth Amendment against unreasonable searches still protects people charged with crimes, it no longer protects the rest of us from extremely intrusive governmental spying. The president of the United States is impatient with us for not trusting the government. I'm impatient with him for thinking we are idiots. If voters don't rise up and throw the politicians who support the president on this issue out of office, we will be running towards Gomorrah.] 

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