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Circulate this letter to Mr. Bush
19 Sep 2001
The president does not have the authority to sentance ayone accused of a crime to death. Only the congress has the power to declare war. Protect our civil liberties.
Dear President Bush,

The United States of America was founded under certain principles of
philosophy, not the least of which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of
happiness, freedom of religion, separation of church and state, freedom of
speech, and equal justice under the law.
I would hope that "The American Way of Life" has not become an idea that is
separate or different from the "American Ideals of Freedom".
There is a clause in our Constitution that deals with "due process of law"
and the right to a "speedy trial by a jury of peers". I hold that if we, as
Americans, truly believe in the philosophies and ideals that our democratic
republic government is founded upon, then we also believe that these rights
extend to all human beings, not just American citizens.
Any person (citizen or not) accused of a crime deserves a trial with
evidence presented before a court, with a jury and a judge, and whatever the
findings of the court, the accused must abide by the sentence, provided that
the findings are arrived at with fairness to all parties, and in agreement
with rules established by society at large.
This does not mean that one representative of one branch of our democratic
republic government has any authority to issue a penalty for anyone
suspected or accused of any crime.
Your call for Osama bin Laden to be delivered to the United States "dead or
alive" is not only uncalled for, but it is a call that exceeds your powers
of authority, and ignores the spirit of our constitution.

It is also written in our United States Constitution that only the congress
has the power to declare war. Your statements that the certainly criminal
acts of the guerrilla fighters against the United States are an act of war
are unwarranted, and unconstitutional.

Some of the members of your administration are proposing to change some of
the articles of our constitution in the interest of safety, which many would
argue are infringements on the civil liberties of our citizens. I would
quote the famous words of Patrick Henry that helped to inflame this
country's rise and rebellion against the colonization of America by the
imperialist regime of Great Brittian: "Give me LIBERTY or give me DEATH."

Carol Bass
Atlanta, Ga.
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