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Beware presidential power to spy on, and kill, Americans

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Beware presidential power to spy on, and kill, Americans Many serious issues bombard us each day, to the point of being distracted from the most dangerous threat to every individual citizen. I refer to FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] and the killing of U.S. citizens upon presidential “order.” Un-American, Orwellian thinking has been put forth, wrongly, to justify these dictatorial measures. It is illogical and unacceptable to resort to the means and methods of tyrants ...


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gina99
February 10, 2013
8:05 a.m.

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Douglas Conan-Great letter that should have been published before Election Day. We just had an election where the majority said they don't care about the government killing American citizens. This is Obama's policy. This is change you can believe in. Sad what American liberals have now become. Absolute power trumps principles.

paulj
February 10, 2013
9:57 a.m.

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Matthew,

You poor fellow.
How are you ever going to hold a job where you may have to work 40-50 hours a week. Try being a farmer work 7 days a week. No summers off and 2 weeks vacations not to mention holidays.etc. Business owner will typically work 60hr- 70hr per week. Then do the books at night. Not only that, one mistake they lose their wealth. You don't know it but you are going through the easiest part of your life.
Try going to Germany, you will go to school on Saturday,too

tonijean613
February 10, 2013
10:29 a.m.

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Ronald Winters: There is no Legitimate use of a semi-automatic weapon. And I have yet to read about anyone in this country protecting themselves from that boogyman intruder with a gun. If there are any out there, the percentage is so miniscule it doesnt even register on any collected govt data. The fact is- the more militarized our "weapons of false protection" get- the more dead innocent children and other victims. The more guns- the more deaths. PERIOD. The United States has the most guns per person than any other country in the entire world- yet we have the most death by guns. If guns protected people,- there would be no gun deaths given the millions upon millions of guns in America. The solution is to scale back ALL weapons of false protection- starting with our military on down.

paulj
February 10, 2013
11:19 a.m.

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Toni,
Number one I am not afraid to use my name. That aside.
I don't know where to start without insulting you.
It is obvious you don't spend time reading news on the internet. Everyday there are stories of people protecting themselves with guns, from teenagers to senior citizens, most with semi-automatic guns.
It might be unfair to say but if you get the news from the main-street media there is no hope that you will be well informed.
Look at the state of Fl. statistics when they passed a law allowing concealed weapons. Then look at Chicago where there are wounding and murders by the dozens weekly with strict gun laws. In fact there are more killings in Chicago then Afghanistan on a yearly basis.
Try these sites http://www.lucianne.com http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/*/index
You might also try the NRA but I'll bet you won't because you disagree with what you have read in the papers.etc. Sad because how else can you make decision unless you are informed with all sides of an issue?

paulj
February 10, 2013
12:36 p.m.

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Toni'

After thought, please get your facts straight concerning the populations with guns. Check Israel and the Swiss, also the type of weapons they have. Why do all households have guns?? You have been brainwashed.

tplansing
February 10, 2013
1:12 p.m.

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John Pagoda, can you tell me how the Center for Disease Control has the magic power to be able to decide how to come up with the knowledge that gun deaths will exceed traffic deaths by 2015? Now I am not saying that I am a sourcer, a master mind in the Magical Arts, or anything like that. But I do know that when the law abiding gun owners takes the responsibility to purchase a firearm of any sort, he/she is also taking the responsibility of making sure that, he/she knows where that firearm is, that it is stored in a safe place, is kept unloaded, that the ammunition is kept stored in a place different from where the firearm is stored and that both are not easily accessible to each other! It is the un-responsible owner who leaves it laying around, loaded where inquisitive LITTLE hands might find it and an accident happens. The CRIMINAL,(your burglars, thieves, robbers, rapists, hired murders, drug dealers, pushers, etc.), or MENTALLY UNSTABLE PERSON, (criminal psycopaths, drug users in need, etc.), would be more likely to obtain his/her firearm of choice, usually one with an FULLY AUTOMATIC FEATURE, (which has been outlawed since the 1930's unless you obtain a permit from the Burear of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which requires a very extensive background check, and a $200.00 application fee), normally purchased through the Black Market that is not open to the average person at some store front. And the only way to find out where there is one is to find the right person who knows someone, who knows someone, who knows someone! Don't believe me? Go to any gun shop an see if you can openly purchase a fully automatic firearm for target pratice. The shop keeper will probably laugh at you and then say sorry, can't do it! So, John Pagoda, the true problem is not the number of guns in circulation, or limiting the number of guns, those evil "semi-sutomatic military assault rifles", or the extended capacity magazines, or who can carry what. The true problem is the criminal element, and I truly expect to get a lot of flac from this! It is those who obtain guns for criminal purposes from the Black Market. The Drug Dealers, Pushers, the Gang Members, the Criminally and Mentally Unstable, these are the problems. If you want some answers to those problems, I might have some. Prison Farms to work of sentences, No Plea Bargains Period, Capital Punishment to fit the Crime, Items grown of Prison Farms to provide food for Prisons and Mental Institutions, Re-opening of all Mental Institutions for those who are considered Mentally Unstable and a danger to themselves and/or others.
There, I hope I have helped you with your questions and worries.

paulj
February 10, 2013
2:39 p.m.

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Only problem with this venue is that those that write letters with their name are generally for the print paper, required. I wonder if they read this venue?

tplansing
February 11, 2013
6:47 a.m.

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At least I do!

wmarincic
February 11, 2013
10:26 a.m.

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Doug Conlon, perfect timing as MSN has reported that drones are to be used against the California cop killer. He is being called a domestic terrorist. As I have said before the right of due process and trial by jury was so important that it is both in the 5th and 12th Ammendment of the Constitution. http://www.democraticunderground.com/101...

tonijean obviously missed the story all over the news a few weeks ago where the mother hid in a crawlspace with her children and shot an armed intruder that tried to get at them. BTW she had a "so called" assult rifle. Please stop lying......

biwemple
February 12, 2013
11:13 a.m.

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So they're using a police drone with a thermal sensor on it to try and locate him, not shoot him with a missile. They've been using these sensors on police helicopters without issue and violating anyone's due process for last few decades, except now with a drone, the suspect is not likely to hear it looking for him like a helicopter hovering overhead.

biwemple
February 12, 2013
1:43 p.m.

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Oops, meant 'and not violating'

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