choosing to live in fear

New laws are limiting very old protections that individuals have had: not to be held indefinitely without trial or access to a lawyer, no warrantless searches, no torture, the right to a fair trial. Where is the crisis that justifies these changes? Even if terrorists attack again and again and kill thousands more, which they surely will, they cannot threaten the existence of any Western country. This is not World War II. No matter how fervent, they are small groups of desperate people that can be hunted down and killed, not entire states (crazy as they are, Iran and North Korea would cut deals with the US under the right conditions). Why are people acting as though these terrorists have such huge power? Why are they willingly giving away the rights and protections that everyone says is the good part of the West? Why are people choosing to live in fear instead of calling bullshit?