Saturday 6 March 1993 Letters From Readers The Dallas Morning News Dear Sirs: The recent a

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Saturday 6 March 1993 Letters From Readers The Dallas Morning News Dear Sirs: The recent actions of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms deserve the censure of all Americans. While our country is shocked by the bombing of the World Trade Center, an even deadlier terrorist attack has taken place in the American heartland. But there is no doubt as to the identity of the responsible organization: it is a rogue agency of our own government. While Texans celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sam Houston, and the 157th anniversary of the revolution which created the Republic of Texas, their lives and freedoms are being threatened as never before by domestic terrorism financed by their own tax dollars. The BATF assault on the church compound near Waco was a grotesque violation of the 1st, 2nd and 4th Amendments to the Constitution. Such attacks on religious freedom, firearms ownership, and the right of private citizens to be secure in their persons, homes, and possessions are reminiscent of the high-handed actions of British troops at Lexington and Concord. When our Constitution was being drafted, Thomas Jefferson wrote of the need for "a bill of rights providing clearly and without the aid of sophisms for freedom of religion, freedom of the press, protection against standing armies, restriction against monopolies, the eternal and unremitting force of the habeas corpus laws, and trials by jury in all matters of fact triable by the laws of the land . . . . a bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference." Later, in his first inaugural address, he enumerated the "essential principles of our government," among them "equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political . . . the diffusion of information and the arraignment of all abuses at the bar of public reason; freedom of religion; freedom of the press; freedom of person under the protection of the habeas corpus; and trial by juries impartially selected . . . . should we wander from them in moments of error or alarm, let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty, and safety." Sincerely, Jay Manifold Publicity Director Libertarian Party of Dallas County ============================================== Another file from The Soapbox BBS "Your Infotainment Specialist" An all text BBS specializing in e-zines and other unique text files. (919) 387-1152 - Up to 16.8 kbs - 8N1 Fidonet 1:151/142 - FREQ FILES for file list ===============================================

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