fear and the destruction of freedom

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What is the world coming to? Several noteworthy examples have come to my attention that are worth sharing.  The propaganda machines have been working overtime to create fear and distrust.  Sex offenders, terrorists, and drug dealers have fueled our fears and are propelling us into a world without mercy, or common sense.

From Champaign Illinois:

The family of an Illinois National Guard soldier said Friday that he’s been charged with possession of child pornography in Afghanistan over innocent snapshots of a 4-year-old relative in a swimsuit.

Miller’s father, Rodney, said the Army won’t discuss the case with the family. But he said his son has told him the charges stem from a handful of photos of the girl that the soldier’s mother e-mailed to ease his homesickness.

Apparently it is not enough that this young man volunteered to serve his country in a war zone.  Now he is being imprisoned by his own country in a foreign land over innocent family photos sent to remind him of what he was fighting for.  The complete story is available here.

There is also this story from across the pond.

A businessman is suing British Airways over a policy that bans male passengers from sitting next to children they don’t know  –  even if the child’s parents are on the same flight.

Mirko Fischer has accused the airline of branding all men as potential sex offenders and says innocent travellers are being publicly humiliated.

In line with the policy, BA cabin crew patrol the aisles before take-off checking that youngsters travelling on their own or in a different row from their parents are not next to a male stranger.

If they find a man next to a child or teenager they will ask him to move to a different seat. The aircraft will not take off unless the passenger obeys.

The British Airway policy makers are apparently unaware that, statistically speaking, children are more likely to be abused by a family member or friend than a stranger.  And what about women sex offenders?  The complete story is available here.

Liberty, justice, and freedom are being sacrificed out of fear.