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Published: Thursday, May 26 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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John Smith

What concerns me about the Patriot Act is the fact that it apparently gives the government very broad latitude in regards to "suspected" terrorists. One of the main reasons why we have a constitution, however, is that the founders doubted the wisdom of giving the government (even a democratically elected one) too much power. And one of the main reasons that we have the 4th amendment is that the founders were particularly concerned about giving the government the power to search people without probable cause. Governments are capable of, and historically have committed, very serious abuses of the rights of their citizens. Unfortunately, when governments have power to engage in unrestricted (or virtually unrestricted) searches, their capacity for abuse increases. This is why it seems important to me that the government be carefully circumscribed in its ability to act on its "suspicions." And this is why I am wary of the Patriot Act.

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