My deepest fear is that US support for Israeli militarism, and the terrorism that support inevitably engenders, will be what finally finishes off the civil liberties enshrined in the American Constitution.
There are, and always have been, serious threats to US Civil liberties. But I think Cole is correct in pointing out that today one of the greatest threats is the loss of our liberties in reaction to terrorism. Our politicians are spineless folk who will try to trade away our liberties for a little security.
Indeed, this is already been happening — we have already lost some of our liberties in reaction to terrorism due to the unwise policies of the Bush and Obama Administrations. And, unfortunately, every sign points to a further loss of liberties with the next successful terrorist attack. Moreover, such an attack seems sooner or later inevitable so long as we continue to support Israeli militarism.
Ultimately though, I think it is — not what any terrorists can do to us — but instead our own willingness to trade our liberties for the illusion of a little security that will do us in. Some say America has become a nation of wusses. I don’t yet know if that is really true. But I do suspect we will someday soon enough see if it is true.