The Republican position is that this may happen every single day now. Image from Flickr/Michael Horan

Let us never forget 9/11 — and how the terrorist attacks provided the political cover for the largest seizure of civil liberties in the US since Asian-Americans were mass-interred during World War 2, and how the PATRIOT Act still enables intrusions into our digital privacy that were once the stuff of dystopian sci-fi. 9/11 is when the political establishment in America began to use the term ‘Orwellian’ as a compliment. 2,996 Americans died…