- Fatal-shooting victim ID'd; uncle said he tried to break up fight (9/29/16)22
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Perryville High principal on leave; no reason given (9/28/16)9
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Animal-rescue group receives grant from rock star for spay, neuter assistance (9/28/16)1
- Monia pleads guilty to 9 counts of financial exploitation of elderly; dealings with murderer Joseph clarified (9/28/16)10
- Woman accused of pushing Wal-Mart employee after theft (9/27/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)5
We should never concede liberties
To the editor:
Admission by the Bush administration that it has engaged in domestic eavesdropping by monitoring U.S. citizens' telephone conversations had resulted in a lame defense by the president's right-wing allies. They defend the president by declaring, "If they have nothing to hide, they shouldn't fear the government." This rationale is both naive and dangerous. The only thing that separates a democracy from a dictatorship is a private citizen's relationship to his government.
Many German Jews supported Hitler's rise to power. They were willing to give up their civil liberties. Failure by the German people to identify and act brought disaster. Americans should never concede or allow their constitutional rights to be compromised. One can only wonder the extent of the protest by the right wing if Bill Clinton were still president.
Americans should demand this question be answered by their president: If the administration has nothing to hid, why should it fear review by either the judicial or legislative branches of government? It's called checks and balances, and it's provided in the U.S. Constitution.
I suspect the administration's actions are illegal and impeachable. We do, however, face a dilemma. Do we replace the puppet with the puppeteer?
PAUL J. ALLEE, Jackson