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"The men who drafted our constitution, who framed our
civil rights and protected our various freedoms under the law would, I
suspect, retch at some of the bone headed, self-serving,
misinterpretations of their intentions that they so often use these
days to undermine the very freedoms they pretend to safeguard. The
miracle of American Law is not that it protects popular speech, or the
privacy of the powerful, or the homes of the privileged, but rather,
that the least among us, those with the fewest defenses those
suspected of the worst crimes -- the most despised in our midst, are
presumed innocent until proven guilty.

That remains as revolutionary a concept now as it was in the 1780s.
It makes protecting the country against terrorism excruciatingly difficult,
but we cannot arbitrarily suspend the rights of one catagory of suspects
without endangering all the others."


Ted Koppel - Talking about Bush Co and the Victory Act on Nightline.
Full story here.

copied out of endotoxin's journal.

-X

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