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U.S. slipping toward totalitarianism

Dear Editor,

Sue Gray has written to express her concern that my beloved country is slipping inexorably towards totalitarianism; that the current administration is using tactics favored by totalitarian regimes, such as denial of bond, holding detainees incommunicado to family and lawyers, throwing “innocent until proven guilty” into reverse.

A letter in answer to Ms. Gray pointed out that this view was flawed since the Center For Constitutional Rights had brought a class action challenge; it is still pending in federal court in Brooklyn.

The Inspector General of the Justice Department has filed a report unfavorable to the Justice Department’s handling of arrests after 9-11 of 700 immigrant men assumed to be guilty of terrorism, in which such tactics were employed. Attorney General Ashcroft has taken that report as a validation of his actions and has asked for increased powers, which include expanded preventative detention authority … this time applied to us, citizens of the United States.

I am afraid that Ms. Gray may have a point.


Mabel Macdonald

Glenwood and Aspen

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