RE: Balancing Patriots and
By Glen Thompson
May 30, 2006
Response to comment by Mark Beatty, GOP candidate for US Senate,
"A criminal or terrorist
investigator should have access to records that another agency
of the government already has."
This is a dangerous sentiment and one I TOTALLY disagree with.
We live in an open society governed by the rule of constitutional
law. Compliance with law and governmental edict is through the
consent of the governed. Government must have a SPECIFIC reason
for collection of information on citizens. Surveillance, search/seizure,
and dossiers must be limited in scope and purpose. Warrants
must be issued by the judiciary to authorize them.
If the people no longer believe that the government will follow
constitutional guidelines, the rule of law that creates order
in our republic becomes meaningless. Without it, we have civil
unrest, chaos and dissent, if not civil war.
We don't need Big Brother, let's observe the 4th Amendment before
we worry about the 7th Amendment, remember Miranda? Oh, and
there's always the 2nd Amendment to fall back on!
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: Glen Thompson describes himself as a, "Local gad-about
and wannabe politician."
Balancing Patriots and Privacy by Mark Beatty - Kaneohe,
Hawaii - USA
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