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Defining rights

December 24, 2005

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To the editor:

Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts has secured his position as George Bush's Capitol Hill lapdog.

First, as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, he blocked any independent investigation into the false intelligence used by Bush to justify his bloody war in Iraq.

Now, he says the president was acting "consistent with U.S. law" when he ordered wiretap surveillance of U.S. citizens without - as required by law - first seeking authorization from a court set up by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Roberts conveniently forgets the other law that he and the president both pledged to uphold when they took office - the U.S. Constitution and its Fourth Amendment, which protect us against such unwarranted searches.

The Roberts logic: The president can ignore what the Constitution and our laws require because the nation is at war. That war was justified by one assumption - that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and was connected to the 9-11 attacks. The warrantless surveillance is based on a belief - that the nation must decide between our security and our civil liberties. We can and must preserve the individual rights that define and secure our existence as a democratic society.

Ted Frederickson,

Tonganoxie

Comments

DuQuesne 9 years ago

"Write a letter to your congressman" is eventually suggested by someone with no experience with public policy outside or since high school civics class, so let me deal with it here: Anyone who wants to "send a message" to Washington regarding the Patriot Act, the conduct of the "war" or anything else, send this message first: Senators and Congressional Representatives are not our "leaders" - they are our employees. Make sure they understand that and the rest will be easier.

-Schuyler Duquesne

Speakout 9 years ago

Huh, DuQuesne, get real. Our senators and congressmen think they run this country and have forgotten who put them there. I once saw a "townmeeting" with a congressman from Connecticut and while the people in the meeting we telling him directly to vote to NOT go to war in Iraq, he voted for it. He said that his conscience wouldn't let him allow the leader of Iraq (meaning Saddam Hussein) to attack the USA without a fight.

When did Hussein plan to attack America? "He already did on 9/11/01." THIS WAS A CONGRESSMAN saying this.

It IS time for the American people to demand that our elected leaders follow the saying: "Of the people, by the people, for the people, as Lincoln suggested.

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