Few people would argue that acts of terrorism, violence, and hatred are acceptable in society, but should governments take away our rights because these things occur? Most people would say: of course not. Yet, in reality, they would gladly give power to the state to ramp up antiterrorism activities, spy on us, and increase funding to law enforcement for the purpose of targeting people for speech. It is necessary, after all, that we provide the proper tools for governments to be able to combat such unique threats. The creation of the surveillance state, largely aided by the Patriot Act after the September 11, 2001 attacks, was not opposed by much of the population, and most Americans agreed that we needed to sacrifice our rights to protect the country from al-Qaeda and whatever other boogeymen exist in this world.