How to protect yourself from a potential terrorist attack
By Tom BreenThe United States is in danger of becoming a more dangerous place as its political leaders continue to push through legislation that would further entrench our surveillance state.
We know from history that if you have the power to do that, you can create and maintain a police state.
And, as I’ve written before, we now have a president who is going to do just that.
It’s not just that President Trump is trying to do things like ban travel to the US by people from seven Muslim-majority countries.
It’s that his administration is pushing for a series of controversial surveillance bills, including one that would require companies to retain information on people’s internet activity for two years, as well as one that allows the FBI to keep a person’s social media history for up to six months.
Trump has even proposed to give the FBI the power of the national security letters, a tactic that has been used to secretly order businesses and people around the world to provide information.
If he’s not stopped, the surveillance state is likely to get even worse.
The president has proposed to allow the FBI and the NSA to share information from cellphones, computers and other devices, and he has proposed using this information to prosecute journalists.
He also wants to use the Patriot Act to justify mass surveillance of Americans and to give private companies the ability to sell our information to the government.
All of this is part of a pattern of authoritarianism and extreme secrecy that has long been embraced by authoritarian regimes.
It was the backdrop for the assassination of Kim Jong-il in 1976, and it is the backdrop now for Trump.
Yet despite all of this, we need to be careful about what we put in our hands.
We need to remember that Trump is an authoritarian and that authoritarianism has been a source of fear in the United States.
So we need some checks and balances.
But we also need to know that we are not alone.
We are also in danger.
The world is facing a new wave of terror attacks, from an increasingly violent campaign of ethnic cleansing in Syria to a massive rise in violent extremism in the Middle East.
The United Nations has warned that the world faces a new stage of conflict and conflict-driven violence, and that we can no longer afford to be complacent.
We must act.
We need to reject the view that the threat from radicalisation is something to be taken seriously, and we need not be afraid to be wrong.