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Guest column/The dangers of disregarding the Bill of Rights

July 20, 2014
By PAT MCGEEHAN , Herald-Star

During the Second World War, more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans were rounded up by the U.S. government and placed into concentration camps. Why? Because of fear. Since then, this same type of fear has caused many more irrational actions from our government. Last year, it became widespread knowledge that the National Security Agency was monitoring, collecting and storing private information from millions of American citizens. The range of activities from this federal agency was revealed to be enormous - such as tapping telephone calls; collecting text messages from cell phones; monitoring social media and what books Americans are reading or checking-out of libraries; along with sorting through millions of e-mails - all of this being done without a warrant.

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