What does it mean to be an American these days with new intrusions such as the NSA’s new directive? How much control of our lives does the Government have that we should challenge and possibly eliminate? We are now under the rule of The Patriot Act which, by the way, passed the Senate 98-1. The only dissenter was Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., who, on Oct. 11, 2001, on the floor of the Senate, said: “There is no doubt that if we lived in a police state, it would be easier to catch terrorists. If we lived in a country where the police were allowed to search your home at any time for any reason; if we lived in a country where the government was entitled to open your mail, eavesdrop on your phone conversations, or intercept your email communications the government would probably discover and arrest more terrorists or would-be terrorists, just as it would find more lawbreakers generally”. He continued, “It wouldn’t be a country for which we could, in good conscience, ask our young people to fight and die. In short, that country wouldn’t be America.” Ron Paul reminded us: “Our early founders were very clear. They said, ‘Don’t be willing to sacrifice liberty for security.’ Today it seems too easy that our government and our Congress are so willing to give up our liberties for our security”. So, what can we do better to make the United States of America safer from foreign attack without becoming a military state?