Liberties at risk |

Liberties at risk

In his Feb. 14 editorial titled “Surveillance critics miss the larger point,” publisher Jeff Ackerman defines the larger point as being security, contending that violations of the Bill of Rights are justified if they result in increased personal safety. I disagree. That precious document, so fiercely defended by previous generations, was handed to us intact, to be placed, intact, into the hands of our children. The Fourth amendment prohibits warrantless searches, the Fifth and Sixth prohibit incarceration without due process of law, and the Eighth prohibits cruel punishment. These inalienable human liberties have been lost under our stewardship. We have chosen to discard what milllions shed blood to preserve. Our fear is doing more damage to this country than any enemy.

Joseph Aquino

Penn Valley

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