Here’s the thing:
Every time I hear someone say that stripping the NSA of its ill-begotten power to dragnet all the metadata for phone and internet records would “help the terrorists,” I point them to the definition of terrorism. It reads as such:
The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.
The purpose of terrorism, by its very intent, design, and nature is to get us to do something that they want us to do, by using force and violence to coerce that out of us.
And what, pray tell, is it that they want us to do?
They want us to undermine the core tenants of western civilization, out of fear and a desire to protect ourselves from their actions. They want the destruction of western civilization; a civilization based on individual rights and freedoms, so that they may replace it with a theocracy; a civilization based on collective subordination and subjugation to higher powers.
So which of the below two options “helps the terrorists” more:
1. Maintaining our core values of individual sovereignty and freedom – those things that the terrorists have explicitly stated that they want to destroy - and continuing to disallow our government to spy on us and, by extension, subjugate us?
2. Allowing the government to whittle away idea of individual sovereignty, privacy, and freedom – those core tenants of western society which the terrorists want abolished- by allowing them to spy on us in a collective hope that we might be a little safer if we only genuflect and subordinate a bit to that higher authority?
Being FOR the NSA dragnet is what helps the terrorists, folks. Being FOR the NSA dragnet brings us one step closer to them winning the war, because we are doing exactly what they are hoping that we’ll do – using our fear of their actions as an excuse to destroy western civilization, one brick at a time. They are playing us like chumps - pulling our strings like we're a bunch of unthinking marionettes, and like puppets, we're doing exactly what they want us to do - or, at least the NSA is.
So to anyone that wants to explain to me why me being against the NSA dragnet is me “helping the terrorists”, I’m waiting for your rebuttal…