Monday, June 07, 2004

THOMAS MITCHELL: 'One or the other must perish'

Sunday, June 06, 2004
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal

If a foreign power had imposed on the people of this country some of the restrictions we've shouldered in the name of homeland defense, it might be construed as an act of war.
Instead we've acceded to the panicked pronouncements of federal lawmakers and executives:

-- Who've deemed our homes and files and computers can be subject to "sneak and peak" searches without a judge finding probable cause. (Fourth Amendment: No unreasonable searches or seizures without probable cause supported by oath.)

-- Who've decided American citizens can be held without charge, without an attorney, indefinitely. (Sixth Amendment: Right to a speedy and public trial, to be informed of the charges, to be able to confront witnesses and have assistance of counsel.)

-- Who've decided it is a criminal act to talk about certain investigations. (First Amendment: No abridgement of free speech or press.)
The right to be secure in one's home, papers and person should be fundamental.

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