Newt and the Bill of Rights

Average Americans increasingly are realizing that our national difficulties are the direct results of not following our own laws -- specifically the Constitution.  In light of recent Congressional actions ostensibly undermining Habeas Corpus and Posse Comitatus, statements like this by a presidential candidate need serious scrutiny.

"And again, I'm going to be a little controversial.  I would divide the FBI into two agencies.  I would have an anti-domestic crime FBI, which was very cautious, very respectful of civil liberties.  You are innocent until proven guilty.  And I would have a small, but VERY aggressive anti-terrorism agency.  And I would, frankly, give them extraordinary ability to eavesdrop and my first advice to civil libertarians is simple:  don't plot with terrorists."

This statement by Newt conjures visions from the worst days of Europe and Asia.  The Bill of Rights, as it applies to American citizens, is not negotiable.  Further undermining civil liberties to make Americans safer makes as much sense as borrowing more money to solve the debt crisis.

Average Americans increasingly are realizing that our national difficulties are the direct results of not following our own laws -- specifically the Constitution.  In light of recent Congressional actions ostensibly undermining Habeas Corpus and Posse Comitatus, statements like this by a presidential candidate need serious scrutiny.

"And again, I'm going to be a little controversial.  I would divide the FBI into two agencies.  I would have an anti-domestic crime FBI, which was very cautious, very respectful of civil liberties.  You are innocent until proven guilty.  And I would have a small, but VERY aggressive anti-terrorism agency.  And I would, frankly, give them extraordinary ability to eavesdrop and my first advice to civil libertarians is simple:  don't plot with terrorists."

This statement by Newt conjures visions from the worst days of Europe and Asia.  The Bill of Rights, as it applies to American citizens, is not negotiable.  Further undermining civil liberties to make Americans safer makes as much sense as borrowing more money to solve the debt crisis.

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