Never ceases to amaze me the number of seemingly intelligent people who are willing to throw away essential liberties (which you will NEVER get back) because they think it will provide them with some security (History shows it won't), without looking at the bigger picture and truly understanding all of the implications of such laws.
Never ceases to amaze me the number of seemingly intelligent people who are willing to believe that liberty lost can "NEVER" be reimplemented. The "never" argument is one of the less interesting rhetorical devices but the evidence of evnts in my lifetime show that many countries have managed to restore some if not all "essential liberties" e.g. most of the Cold War communist bloc.
Fair point, but in these cases I believe it will be far harder to get these liberties back. Governments all over are using the fear of terrorism to enact such laws and will continue to do so, regardless of whether they actually do anything about terrorism or not. As mentioned above, we're seeing no evidence of mass surveillance actually helping to stop terrorism, but plenty of examples of where it has been abused for other purposes. People trust the government to do what is best, but in reality (on a number of fronts), governments do what is best for them or what keeps them in power. Politicians are about as trust worthy as a drug addicted user car salesman - and more and more the power is falling to them.