Re: The USA started all this crap ...
My we are a little scared aren't we?
Yes, we in the UK do remember Lockerby, and that troublesome day in September 2001. We also remember all of the bombings in Northern Ireland and the UK mainland. Have you every heard of them? Perhaps Europeans are not as terrified as the USA appears to be because we have had experience of fanatical terrorists before the current crop came along. Do a bit of research, lots of bombers were caught using standard police techniques during the 70's & 80's.
The USA had been isolated from real terrorism for years, and was very rudely awoken from it's unreal sense of invulnerability. Europe has been aware of the alphabet soup of terrorist organisations for a long time.
What happened after the Hyde Park bombing? We went about our business as usual. The culprits were hunted. Birmingham bombings, er ... same thing. Lockerby? A tragedy, but it didn't cause world changing panic. And the bomber was identified, again through standard police procedures.
So, yes, the USA did start all of this crap. The rest of the world was very aware that changing would allow the terrorists to win. Thank you USA, they have. Your Patriot Act showed them that they'd won. Your three letter agencies are just reinforcing facts already know. Terror has won and rationality has lost.
Now show me how many terrorists, pedophiles, or file shares that have been caught with all of this data collection (legal and otherwise.)
It real is time that the USA grew up and grew a pair.