I would be interested in seeing a discussion in comments about all of the ways in which our freedom and liberty has been curtailed in recent years. It is prompted by this commentary in the local paper:
Between your picnicking and fireworking, today would be a good day to contemplate how freedom can be taken from a nation.
While we’re being horrified by brutal dictators far away, we must remember there’s another way freedoms can be lost — by persuasion. If people become convinced they need protection, they will sacrifice their freedoms. ...
It seems to me that the examples given can be improved upon. For example, the NSA isn't even mentioned. What would your list include?