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Voice of the people

Jun. 12, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Phone seizure is a major violation

The National Security Agency's clandestine seizure of telephone records of millions of U. S. telephone users is a major violation of privacy rights guaranteed by the 4th Amendment.

President Obama's explanation of such action is that we cannot have 100 percent security and 100 percent privacy, therefore, we must make choices.

However, the American people were given no choice in this matter.

The NSA unilaterally chose to ignore the 4th Amendment in order to secretly build a massive national database of information about private citizens without their consent.

In defense of such action, the President says (paraphrasing), "If the people can't trust the President, Congress and Federal Judges to protect their rights, then we have a problem." Well, Mr. President, we do have a problem.

It is precisely because the Founding Fathers did not trust the federal government to protect the rights of the people that the "Bill of Rights" was added to the Constitution.

This latest abuse, together with recent revelations of other abuses of power by the State Department, the IRS and the Department of Justice demonstrate that the Founding Fathers were right.

When the government says, "Trust me," en garde!

Lawrence L. Pauley

Huntington

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