You only say that because that's how you have been conditioned to think. I agree it is much more easier for authorities agencies to restrict you to the point of making you a baggage.
Also, I would conceit that security is used as a pretext to control. But not, I do not agree that security and freedom are antithesis of each other.
I do not think that they are always antithesis of each other.. Sometimes, due mostly to technology, we can ensure our safety at the same time as respecting our freedoms. However, this is not always the case. And yes, the concerns of attack and helplessness are often used by tyrannic governments to seize our freedoms..
This willing forfeit that you speak of was not my choice. Whether I wanted it or not, nobody asked me.
Well, we are not a republic.. However, you did make a decision indirectly. Your congress representatives voted on the patriot act for you. They voted to restrict your freedoms and you voted for them.. Thus, you did indirectly vote to forfeit your freedoms.