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Sun, Jul 13, 2014

LETTER: Country headed down dangerous path

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Trading constitutionally backed freedoms for security is a dangerous path.

As a veteran who worked in military security, I am sad at what’s happening.

Federal National Security Agency snooping, Transportation Security Administration groping, Homeland Security arms buying and domestic drones flying, it is shocking how many agencies now have their own SWAT teams. The Patriot Act has been conveniently used to prosecute anything under the catch-all term of terrorism. The list goes on and on.

On the local and state office, highway checkpoints and forced searches. Federalization of police departments through grant money. State legislators appear to have little concern for the U.S. Constitution and generally don’t return correspondence on the issue, and I have tried repeatedly.

Many seem unaware that there is more than the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights. Yet, they wrap themselves in the flag and portray everything as a left or right issue.

Anyone outside of that paradigm is somehow “unpatriotic."

I guess it’s all OK though.

I mean, we can watch hours of Hollywood and immerse ourselves in entertainment and sports, and buy slave labor goods down at the local big-box. Apathy: It’s priceless, isn’t it? Especially, for our kids and grandchildren.

Malcolm Froome
Murfreesboro

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