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Nov
2005

In order to feel secure, are we throwing away our freedom?

San Francisco Chronicle
by Ben Rosenfield

11/14/05

I'm not an NRA member or gun enthusiast. I have never owned a gun and probably never will. But I voted against San Francisco's Proposition H. As a civil-rights attorney, I am alarmed by people's increasing willingness to give up other people's rights. This tendency is at the root of the country's post-Sept. 11 lurch toward fascism, epitomized in Patriot Act provisions that gut First, Fourth, Fifth and 14th Amendment rights, authorizing government intrusions into people's homes and private lives as never before, all in the name of security. Government officials assure us that they only use these awesome powers against the 'bad guys,' ignoring the fundamental principle that bad guys have rights, too, including not being presumed to be bad guys, until proven so in court...

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