Authoritarian states have always suspended liberties on the excuse that they were doing it to protect against a foreign threat. It's the oldest trick in the book. I am very thankful to be in Canada...it may be boring, but at least it's relatively free and moderate so far. To put it another way...I have little reason to fear the national government in this country. I did not feel that way at all when living in the USA.
I have to say that I am very disappointed in Neil Young too.