That is the title of the leader in the new edition of the Economist, which devotes quite a bit of space to the ways in which liberty has been sacrificed for security by the Bush and Obama administrations. A quote:
Every intelligence service will impinge on individual liberties—and America’s has succeeded in its main job: to prevent attacks. But every democracy also needs to keep those impingements in check and to hold its spies to account. Of all the world’s democracies, the one that should best understand this tension is the United States. Its constitution rests on the notion that the people in charge are fallible.
The more substantial article (“In the Secret State”) is also worth reading. It describes the “collection-first” model, wherein you compile the haystack, and then look for the needle. The Economist suggests that public opinion is shifting in opposition to the NSA surveillance. One can only hope that the public and congressional concerns over these programs will prove to be more than temporary. Alas, the issue-attention cycle moves quite quickly in the United States. The attention to today’s crisis can be quickly displaced by a new collection of shiny objects.