What did they say? Something that should make us ashamed of what we've allowed to happen in the U.S.
Given our history, we Germans are not willing to trade in our liberty for potentially better security. (From Germans Loved Obama. Now We Don’t Trust Him. by Malte Spitz)That should shame Americans, because we were warned a century and a half before the Germans learned their painful lesson. "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." (Benjamin Franklin, February 1775 and published in his memoirs, also used earlier in 1759 as a motto on a title page as "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.")
We're far removed from the events that caused our founders to fear big government so much that they did everything they could think of to hobble government power, initially limiting it so much that the Articles of Confederation fell apart. We're painfully relearning what they saw first hand: rulers seek their own power, wealth and security of position no matter what. Only constant vigilance can prevent it.
Let's hope it doesn't take repeating Germany's mistakes to wake Americans up.