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Unformatted text preview: s to make ``guilt by association'' a basis for deportation. I am also concerned about provisions that would unnecessarily broaden the government's ability to conduct surveillance without a warrant. Judicial review of law enforcement activity is an important check that helps guarantee that constitutional protections are observed. One provision that is especially troubling would allow private education records to be disclosed to the government without a court order. As the Chairman of the Constitution Subcommittee of this Committee, I feel a special duty to defend our Constitution against proposals, born of an understandable desire for vengeance and justice, that would undermine the constitutional liberties that make this country what it is. Let us remember that the Constitution was written in 1789 by men who had won the Revolutionary War. They did not live in comfortable and easy times of hypothetical enemies SLHS Value File NATION'S FOUNDERS KNEW: IF WARTIME WAS A JUSTIFICATION TO SUSPEND DUE PROCESS RIGHTS, A TYRANT COULD ABUSE POWER David Davis, Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court, EX PARTE MILLIGAN (Citation: 71 U.S. 2), 1866, www.findlaw.com, Access date: Dec. 17, 2002 This nation, as experience has proved, cannot always remain at peace, and has no right to expect that it will always have wise and humane rulers sincerely attached to the principles of the Constitution. Wicked men, ambitious of power, with hatred of liberty and contempt of law, may fill the place once occupied by Washington and Lincoln, and if this right is conceded, and the calamities of war again befall us, the dangers to human liberty are frightful to contemplate. ... [Our founding fathers] knew -- the history of the world told them -- the nation they were founding, be its existence short or long, would be involved in war; how often or how long continued human foresight could not tell, and that unlimited power, wherever lodged at such a time, was especially hazardous to freemen. For this and other equally weighty reasons, they secured the inheritance they had fought to maintain by...
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