- Two men accused of selling meth to undercover cop (6/22/17)
- Cape man stabbed in head, arm after strip-club incident; skull fractured, police say (6/25/17)3
- Custom cuts: Local hairstylist provides free haircuts to special-needs children (6/26/17)3
- Police: Man grabbed wheel, tried to kill driver and himself in Jackson crash (6/23/17)
- Jackson scores high in survey of residents; better streets, Aldi are high priorities (6/20/17)4
- Annual SEMO District Fair event lineup announced (6/23/17)2
- Marble Hill mayor hires city manager without board approval (6/21/17)4
- Oran town board fired officer before hiring him as police chief; city officials say they can't remember reason for firing (6/25/17)2
- Playing with fire (6/25/17)
- Two charged in theft of jewelry from Cape storage facility (6/23/17)1
Congress should rescind portion of security bill
To the editor:
I'm disappointed the Southeast Missourian hasn't take a position on the homeland security bill, which is an assault on our civil liberties. The bill was supported by the president and passed by Congress in the name of patriotism. It allows American citizens to be arrested and held without due process and to be tried by military tribunals. This doesn't sound very patriotic to me.
If there is one issue liberals and conservatives should be able to agree on, it is the unconditional protection of those liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.
This administration is not the first to stifle individual rights. Other examples include Franklin Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. History shows these were mistakes and stained their legacies.
This is a major mistake by this administration. Government does not enhance individual freedoms by restricting them. Even though you fully support this president, this is no time for partisan politics. The stakes are too high. If just one American's constitutional rights are violated, we all lose.
Blame the liberals if you must, but encourage your readers to demand both Republican and Democratic members of Congress to rescind that portion of the bill that threatens our democratic freedoms. This is one way all Americans can demonstrate their patriotism.
When you suspend due process and prosecute civilians by military courts, is censorship of the press next? That's scary. I'd miss those letters to the editor and Speak Out calls.
PAUL J. ALLEE