Re: Dear ThreeLetterAgencies. Fuck You.
Many of us grew up in countries where terrorism was a daily threat, we lived with it, we didn't let it affect us, we just got on with our lives, with the thought that the next waste bin we pass could explode buried deep at the back of our minds.
My father was lucky twice. When based in NI (RAF), he and some friends were off duty and went to the local pub. His mate ran ahead to open the car, while my father and the "girls" wandered slowly up the lane. As his mate arrived at the car, he was gunned down.
Another time, he was visiting friends in Belfast and had to drive one to hospital, after he was crushed by a heavy machine they were unloading, as it slipped and pinned him against the side of the lorry. On his way back, he was stopped at the lights, when two men in raincoats walked past him, opened their coats and riddled the car in front of them with bullets.
He didn't let it affect his daily life. Likewise, growing up I was affected by his example. On 9/11 I was staying on the 46th floor of an American brand hotel on the flight path to the airport. A lot of guests booked out, but the English guests remained where they were.
If you give in to the terrorists and allow the government to eliminate your freedom in the name of security, then you have let the terrorists win.