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Letter: Dangerous precedent

U.S. District Judge William Pauley III’s recent ruling on the NSA’s data gathering has set a dangerous precedent by further eroding the Constitution and eviscerating what remaining liberties the people have. Additionally, it further emboldens the federal government to contrive any contingency to justify its expansion of the nation state.

Perhaps before he issued his 53-page twisted and convoluted opinion Pauley should have taken the time to read Ex Parte Milligan (1866). In brief, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, “The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and peace, and it covers with its shield of protection all classes of men, at all times and under all circumstances. No doctrine involving more pernicious consequences was ever invented by the wit of men that any of its great provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of Government.”



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