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Yamamoto wrong on privacy

A News.com reader writes that terrorism and crime will continue, regardless of how many Constitutional Amendments you repeal.


Yamamoto wrong on privacy

In response to the Sept. 24 column by Mike Yamamoto, "Irrelevancy of the online privacy debate:"

I am appalled that someone born and raised in the United States can develop a mentality that civil liberties are of such little importance that a single act of poor police work and bureaucratic micro management can push you to advocate all e-mail be monitored in hopes of finding that one clue that will prevent another attack.

Where does your desire to free yourself of the burdens of the Bill of Rights end? Do you support abridging the First Amendment to allow the expulsion of all Muslims in the name of your own personal security, since it is possible that one of them may be involved in another terrorist attack?

Perhaps if you have actually lived in a police state such as Singapore, you would not be so quick to call for our own nation to shackle its citizens in the name of personal security.

Terrorism and crime will continue, regardless of how many Constitutional Amendments you repeal. Preventing attacks calls for better implementation of existing police powers and the acceptance by the American people that preemptive assassinations of non-American criminals is a necessary component of our foreign policy. Benjamin Franklin said it best:

"They that can give up essential liberty to gain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Graham Lopez
Stockton, Calif.