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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 8 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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David King
Layton, UT

The lack of comments on this article should tell us something about the state of our nation. If there aren't any political points to be scored by talking about something, few people will do it. When both parties mostly agree, even if the idea is awful, we the people are mostly silent. Many in this forum often remark that we need more "pragmatists", more "mainstream" candidates. The only problem is that the only politicans willing to assert that the government doesn't have the right to spy on its citizens have been the extremes of both parties. Almost without exception, the "mainstream" Republicans and Democrats re-upped the provisions of FISA allowing warrantless wire-tapping, along with extending approval for indefinite detention under the NDAA. You'll see hundreds of comments about gay marriage, the budget, gun control, the "47%", and a host of other issues. But on an issue as basic as this, the 4th amendment, the almost utter silence is quite troubling.

1aggie
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

I totally agree. We are incrementally handing over our freedom without even a serious debate or discussion about it. Warrantless wiretapping and indefinite detention are major infringements upon our rights as US citizens, and I believe we lose more than we gain by allowing them.

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