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Counter-terrorism threatens civil liberties

Dear Editor,

The hasty passage of ill-considered counter-terrorism measures greatly weakens constitutional protections of civil liberties for all people in the United States. The legislation, as some of us recognized ahead of time, brought about an increase in the abuse of authority by local, state and federal law enforcement experts, including police agencies, the FBI, the INS, the CIA and others.

Such violence and abuse of authority will continue to fall most heavily where its impact has been concentrated since the outset, on immigrants and communities of color. Further, by undermining freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and other constitutional protections, anti-terrorism undermines the possibility of discussion at this critical time.

The world will never know peace as long as some people are oppressed. We will never have economic justice as long as some people maintain their positions of superiority through armed conflict. We will never achieve environmental sustainability as long as political forces and giant corporations promote growth and consumption at all costs.


Vanessa Krueger

Yampah Mountain High School student

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