Now I'm all for protesting awful bills/laws such as SOPA, PIPA and the NDAA. My question however is this: "Are we just realizing that our freedoms are gone?"
I'm sure a lot of you know about these three by now. So I won't get into much detail about them.
The point I'm trying to make here is that there are more laws that have taken away our rights and this happened far FAR before SOPA, PIPA and the NDAA.
Just look back at the history of the US:
1830 - Indian Removal Act which forced tons of Native American tribes to emigrate to the Western part of the continent.
1862 - Abraham Lincoln suspended habeas corpus (Yes I know Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves but that was never his intention in the first place).
1866 - The Black Codes returned slaves back to their masters in the South.
1882 - Chinese Exclusion Act prevented immigration to the United States (especially California) and restricted rights of Chinese Americans.
1917 - Espionage Act which persecuted Socialists and other anti-war activists.
1919 to 1920 - First Red Scare (even though Communism was hardly mentioned) suppressed worker's rights.
1924 - Immigration Act of this year expanded upon the Chinese Exclusion Act and banned immigration from East Asia altogether.
1942 - Japanese-American internment where Japanese Americans were relocated to detention camps.
1947 to 1957 Second Red Scare where McCarthy went on a blackmailing rampage against suspected as well as genuine Socialists and Communists.
Before 1963: Segregation Era, blacks and whites were "separate but equal" which wasn't really equal.
1960's to 1975 - Persecution of Vietnam War opponents.
1993 - "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" passed by Bill Clinton because of a murder of a US Navy soldier for being gay by a homophobic soldier. Repealed by Barack Obama in 2010.
2001 or 2002 - USA PATRIOT Act which allowed Bush to interpret the Constitution the way HE wants it. During this time Muslims have been targeted by the US for "terrorism."
2008 - Prop 8 passed in California only to be ruled "unconstitutional" by California judge Vaughn Walker.
February 2010 - Collateral Murder video leaked by Wikileaks which resulted in the arrest of US Army Private Bradley Manning. Arrest warrant issued for Julian Assange who is currently under house arrest in the UK.
April 2010 - Arizona SB 1070 attempted to racial profile anyone who looks "Hispanic" for the purpose of "fighting illegal immigration."
November 2010 - TSA (Transportation Security Administration) introduces body pat-downs. There have been various reports of harassment and molestation.
Any more to add to this list I would appreciate it. It's not the best list I have though.