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Dear Editor:
The article carried in ILW.COM entitled Government Says After 9/11 Nobody Has Any Rights, by Jimmy Breslin is bone chilling. The old saying goes, "Desperate times call for desperate measures", but there is a line where common sense and common decency give way to tyranny and fascism and the times become desperate because of the measures taken by government, not because of the times. What, right here in the USA, the land of the free, we ask? Can't happen here, this is a free country. Well, perhaps free no more, and perhaps free the less, since the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security, the passage of the Patriot Act and the proposed Patriot II (which will chill the bones of a desert dweller). In the US, we are faced with a terrible dilemma, and that dilemma is George Bush, John Ashcroft and their cronies (a la shades of Richard Nixon, et al.), who, if left to them, will resurrect the Nixonian position that in times of national emergency, the President himself is the sole arbiter of what is right and wrong for the country, and has the power to suspend the democracy and the civil rights we Americans cherish, all in the name of desperate times. Don't agree? Read what the U.S. Supreme Court told Richard Milhouse N in both US vs. Nixon and the later case, Nixon vs. US for an eye opening, bone chilling reality experience. Department of Homeland Security, my clavicle. Wolves in lambs clothing, talking out of both sides of their mouths, lulling the country, including immigration lawyers and immigrants rights groups, into thinking they are pro-immigration, sung to the sweet strains of the tried and true lullaby of American warmongering, "Preserve Democracy". Nonsense. All this talk of war, all this talk of profiling groups of people - even Bernadette Devlin, for Pete's sake. It's shades of Adolph Hitler all over again, only this time borne on the back of a moral majority bible. They knocked in the next town and my town said nothing, they knocked on my neighbor's door, and I said nothing, now they are knocking at my door and there is nobody left to say anything - for purely political reasons, they excluded Bernadette Devlin , let's not allow that to happen in America - but it already has. It's an ill wind that blows nobody good, and it's an ill wind blowing like stink out of Washington D.C, chilling the civilized world, if not that madman, Sadam Hussein - and now we have two madmen, going at it, mano-a-mano for the whole world to suffer. Suddenly, it's "1984", and Big Brother is not only watching us, they are beginning to control our every move, "one small bite at a time" - just like Vincente Fox intends to eat America. So, immigration lawyers may want to look for another profession in the years to come, because the Golden Door to freedom may soon be golden no more and the restaurant called America just may close for lack of customers.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA