"The one silver lining of this is that we may perhaps be shaken out of our self-indulgent preoccupations and be reminded of what really matters: our freedom, our security, our integrity as a democratic society. This means we must be vigilant not to let our civil liberties collapse under the understandable desire for action. To surrender to that temptation is part of what these killers want," - yours truly, September 11, 2001. I get tired of being told I have somehow changed. Sure, I've changed in my judgments of people, my assessments of events, and so on. I've made good and bad judgments in the course of six years daily blogging. But my principles remain the same - especially the defense of the U.S. Constitution, against foes foreign and domestic, outside the White House, and, above all, within it.

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