Terrorist Attack

Yes, the September 11th terrorist attack destroyed the World Trade Center and parts of the Pentagon. That attack did not destroy what is our country's most important foundation - the Constitution and our Bill of Rights that guarantee our liberties.

The true threat to liberty comes not from terrorists but from our political leaders whose natural inclination is to seize upon any excuse to diminish them.

We're going to hear calls for restrictions on privacy, on our freedom to engage in commerce, to travel, to communicate and other rights that not only make for a free society but a rich one as well. A politician's natural tendency is to seek to control and regulate but now with the terrorist attack they have a ready-made excuse. We should not tolerate any restraints on our liberties in the name of combating terrorism and producing domestic safety. Keep in mind that a caged canary is safe but by no means free.

Our message to politicians should be: use restraint when you're talking about restricting liberty and be ruthless in the pursuit of terrorists. Unfortunately, I'm afraid, Washington sees that message in reverse.

I'm Walter E. Williams for Nightly Business Report.

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I'm Walter Williams
Nightly Business Report
September 2001
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