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Dear Editor:

In his letter in the editor in the January 3, 2002, issue of Immigration Daily DC gives the emotional argument that we should protect our constitutional rights from the "whim" of this President. Problem is, who's taking away American citizens' rights? Is President Bush or Attorney General Ashcroft proposing to use these military tribunals to try citizens or immigrants? No, I didn't think so. I thought the tribunals are designed for POWs. Ah, yes, those al-Qaida members and terrorists captured while fighting against our country. Is there a law that demands that these folks have the same constitutional rights as US citizens or even immigrants? No, I didn't think so either.

Most likely, DC is putting forth the slippery-slope argument. After the tribunals used during World War II which I pointed out in my December 28, 2001, letter has the situation deteriorated and do we have fewer constitutional rights? Looking back, it is clear that after WWII, we have had an explosive expansion of constitutional rights starting in the 50s through the 60s and 70s to the point where today we have more rights than ever before. So if there was a slippery slope, it sure wasn't slippery nor much of a slope.


Liem Doan, Esq.
Los Angeles