True, and you left out acts like the Trail of Tears (which some of my ancestors walked on). But we've also have a process in place to prevent it. If we, as a people, speak out against it it WILL be changed. Public pressure is the ONLY way it will.
Most folks are still reeling from the events of 9/11 and are letting their fears (yes, even 10 years later) rule them. If we let things like this stand, we destroy our country as surely as Al Qaeda would have
Yeah, maybe it is my Cherokee blood that makes me cynical about the American government. And I mostly agree with you (although speaking as a medical researcher I can't understand how people put so much attention and money towards terrorism when it is, at most, a minor threat). But I really can't see how continuing to act in the same way that America has acted in the past 'destroys our country'. As far as I can tell, everyone just has a poor knowledge of history and an overinflated sense of nationalism. I am not saying that things like this are acceptable, just that they are far from novel. It may destroy many people's ideal
of America the just, virtuous, and good; but then that was a fantasy to begin with. We CAN change our country, and I work as hard as I can to do that, but I doubt that the majority of America is with us on that. As DeTocqueville pointed out America will always be run by the tyranny of the majority, and the majority is inept and ignorant.
By no means do we have to accept that, but if we deny it then we have a skewed view of the conflict and the stakes.