I wish I could disagree with you, think4, and argue that you’re wrong. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. I hate reality sometimes.
I do note that there are subtle signs (and not so subtle ones) that our need for security is at the expense of freedoms we used to take for granted. Once upon a time, if someone suggested that I would be subject to a strip search before boarding a plane, I’d think he was crazy. There was a time a conductor asking for ID to match my train ticket was unheard of.
And yes, I do sometimes vent about the government getting into my personal day to day affairs. But I have to consider where’s the freedom in being the target of a nut who is looking for a body count?