If that's my kid brother posting, I'm out of here
Sadly, I have a kid brother that buys into this sort of hype or, more to the truth FEAR MONGERING.
Since 9/11 there's bee a huge wave of it; be afraid of your food for this, this and this reason... be afraid of the weather... be afraid of your neighbors... we need a new law to protect our wimpy kids in school... we need laws that force X corporation from doing Y...
I can't keep up and what irritates me most is that it all comes back to making this nation afraid of its own shadow.
Look at how huge the Identity Theft Industry has become in just the past two years
Not to sound like a conspiracy fanatic, but I think "Big Brother" is watching and it's not who Orwell envisioned (or anyone that at mushrooms on the Isle of Patmos, etc. )
Yes, we've lost certain "freedoms" kindof, sortof... for the most part we can still get away with Murder (just ask O.J.) and you can get away with much more when you have the money and lawyers to insure such (speaking of terrorism and public abuse).
If you fear the loss of your freedoms... VOTE! Get Involved with the process! Volunteer! EDUCATED yourself on BOTH sides of the issues and host discussions or do public speaking on the subject so the word gets out in a manner that is intelligent and allows people to decide things for themselves vs. some zealot act of apostatizing.
WRITE LETTERS to your elected official and touch base with them regularly with questions on "the issues". Again, speak to them INTELLIGENTLY not as a panic filled fool racked by conspiracy issues. Such tone will lead to your letter being tossed to the side and ignored. You want them to read and relate to what you send in . You want to capture their intellect, not just their attention.
Do a Blog... but make certain the content is enlightened and NOT more fear mongering.
If YOU take positive action, present information in a proper and clear manner (not emotionally driven though passionately charged), YOU can make things happen that can, over time, correct any kind of 'loss" you believe exists. Just make certain the loss is really there and get more than one side of the issue before you proceed with action.
Best of luck