I think the terrorists have won. Consider the terminology. They're called terrorists. Not murderers. Not vandals. Terrorists. Their purpose was not to kill people, and not to damage property. These were just the means to an end.

I believe that the terrorist's goal was to attack the american society and way of life. Despite the fact that many think of america purely in terms of its power, it is still defined largely in terms of freedom. This is what the terrorists aimed to destroy.

And they have.

Due to the "state of war" people are being arrested arbitrarily, with no recourse to the protections afforded by the constitution, the heart of america. ripped out.

Privacy is being sacrificed in the name of security in various surveilance and id initiatives.

There are many specific examples, probably in today's newspaper. Take a look.

Benjamin Franklin's prophecy seems to be coming true:

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

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