Nov. 4, 2009
To the editor:
It saddens me and makes me angry to see what is happening in this country. Our constitutional rights were dismantled under the last administration. During the Clinton administration, federal funds were allocated to beef up law enforcement conducted by state and city governments throughout the United States. Along with that came police powers unseen in the past.
These new methods mean that no matter what name you read on the side of a patrol car, you can be stopped anywhere by any policeman. This is what I call a federal police force. A problem with this is that if you call for help at your home as a victim of a crime you might have to wait, because the officer you expect would respond to your aid might be in the next city hiding on the side of the road trying to pick up some revenue.
When this stuff started, I thought “What’s next, the military stopping us out on the highway?” After reading the Nov. 3 letter about the ornery 81-year-old getting stopped by the military police, it appears to have come true. When we drive past the military bases on the Richardson Highway are we considered to be on military property and as such are our civilian rights left at the base boundary?
Are we becoming a “police state” just like our World War II enemies in Europe? I hate to see the loss of any of our freedoms and our local police turned into Gestapo. The people of the United States need to stand up and tell their lawmakers that we refuse to accept a police state for our country.