Libertarian Party pays tribute to victims of 9/11 and renews commitment to our country's founding principles
Press Release from the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania
Harrisburg, PA – The Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania today pays tribute to the 30 Pennsylvanians who died in the 9/11 tragedy. The LPPa also pays tribute to more than 170 Pennsylvanians who lost their lives since then in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of the government’s war on terror.
"Our hearts go out to those who have lost family members as a direct or indirect consequence of the 9/11 attacks," stated Doug Leard, LPPa Chair of Media Relations.
The LPPa also asks Pennsylvanians to today reflect on the individual liberties on which our country and Commonwealth were based. The party pledges to continue its efforts to preserve and where necessary restore these liberties.
Unfortunately, the government has used 9/11 as a pretext to attack many of these liberties. The Patriot Act has damaged our fourth-amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure and our fifth-amendment right to due process. The Military Commissions Act has effectively eliminated hapeas corpus for foreigners and U.S. citizens traveling outside the country. The Real ID Act establishes national identity cards.
In the name of the war on terror, Washington has embroiled our troops in the Iraq war. In the name of security, the government has nationalized 43,000 transportation security jobs. Since 9/11, government bureaucrats have increased their spending by more than 40%. On this day, the LPPa renews our commitment to small, limited government dedicated to peaceful international relationships.
Michael Robertson, LPPa Chair, commented “Our nation was founded on the ideal of Liberty, which so many people have fought and died for. It makes our country a beacon of hope to all people, and if we lose our Liberty, then surely the terrorists have won."