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Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Freedom

Gun control didn’t stop them. Immigration limits didn’t stop them. Unreasonable searches, random gropings, and naked X-rays didn’t stop them.

An alert video store clerk stopped the would-be attack on Fort Dix by “radical Islamists”. The unidentified worker alerted police after the apparently self-appointed terrorists sought to have a “training video” converted to DVD. The video featured the men shouting for jihad and yelling “God is great!” in Arabic. Acting on the clerk’s tip, the FBI infiltrated the group last year and arrested six men on Monday night.

America owes a debt of gratitude to that unnamed store clerk, for his heads-up heroism.

And we should pay attention to its lessons. A nation where law enforcement bodies focus on real threats is safer than one where civil employees suspend common sense and view every person as equally likely to terrorize. The false cozy sense of a Big Brother’s omnipotent protection won’t stop terrorists; it will lull us into complacency. Surrenderring Constitutional freedoms won’t stop terrorists; it will make us more vulnerable to them. A nation of quick-thinking, fast-acting citizens is safer than one of scared subjects who’ve surrenderred their rights and responsibilities to bureaucratic overlords.

Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.