HOLD UNTIL CLEARED
During World War II our government rounded up people of Japanese descent and held them in interment camps until after the war. This was done without the Patriot Act. The Patriot Act was passed and signed into law following the terrorist attack on the Trade Towers and now our government has every "lawful" right to hold prisoners indefinitely without probable cause. Following 9/11 Uncle Sam demanded all adult males coming from Muslim countries said to harbor terror groups register with the immigration service. 82,000 obeyed and now over 13,000 of them are facing deportation. Most of them were at one time legal but allowed their immigration status to lapse.
I am 100 percent behind our government removing anyone who is in this country illegally, even if it is because their visa ran out and they didn't update it. However, the Justice Department recently reported that over 700 of the detainees didn't know why they were being held, were prevented from getting legal representation and were denied bond. The Justice Department refers to holding prisoners for long periods of time without charging them with a crime as "hold until cleared." Several lawmakers have tried to appoint a counsel to investigate the reports of abuse but Attorney General Ashcroft rejects the calls. Ashcroft also defends the president's right to designate terrorists as "enemy combatants."
He went on to say, "When individuals realize that they face a long prison term, like those under the Patriot Act, they will try to cut their prison time by pleading guilty and cooperating with the government. "The Republican Chairman of the committee said, we need to make sure the powers extended in the Patriot Act aren't abused. John Conyers, a Democrat from Michigan said, "This administration and the Attorney General have taken a series of constitutionally dubious actions that place the executive branch in the untenable role of legislator, prosecutor, judge and jury."
It's obvious to me that we should remove any illegal aliens from our country. The real terrorists should be given no sympathy and receive the harshest punishment, but the way these bills are written, American citizens could be considered terrorists and treated as such. The language in this legislation keeps referring to terrorist "suspects." Anyone, meaning you and I, can be considered a "suspect."
To quote Rick Stanley (www.stanley2002.org) who appeared on my show June 10: "Over three hundred years ago, our ancestors left an oppressive government operating in England to establish a settlement in America. From the blood of our forefathers, the Constitution framed boundaries for the government established by and for "We the People." For the last one hundred years, our elected officials have ignored those boundaries, and our Constitution has been buried six feet under the ground." Our God-given, individual, sovereign rights have been stolen today by legislative, judicial and executive acts, at all levels of government. Our government is operating under "the color of law," in the form of government agencies, America is not the flag, the rock that we live on, or the people who inhabit it. America is the ideals embodied through our republic, in the Constitution and must be defended vigorously by "We the People."
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Derry Brownfield was born in 1932 and grew up during the depression. He is a farmer and a broadcaster. Derry attended the College of Agriculture at the University of Missouri where he received his B.S. and M.S. degrees. He taught Vocational Agriculture several years before going to work as a Marketing Specialist with the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Derry served as Director of the Kansas City Livestock Market Foundation at the Kansas City Stockyard prior to establishing himself in farm broadcasting.
Derry started farming when he was 16 years old and received the Future Farmers of America State Farmer degree in 1949. Since that time the Brownfield Farm has grown to over 1000 acres maintaining a herd of 200 registered Charolias cows.
In 1972, Derry and his partner established the Brownfield Network which now serves 250 radio stations throughout the Midwest with news and market information. In 1994, Derry started his own syndicated radio talk show and he is one of the most popular radio talk show hosts in America. The Derry Brownfield Show can be heard on approximately 80 radio stations in 23 states. With his entertaining sense of humor and witty commentary he has captured audiences for over 30 years. His ability to present an informative talk show while being light and colorful is why he has a large loyal listening audience.
Derry Brownfield is a practical farmer, a practical
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"The real terrorists should be given no sympathy and receive the harshest punishment, but the way these bills are written, American citizens could be considered terrorists and treated as such. The language in this legislation keeps referring to terrorist "suspects." Anyone, meaning you and I, can be considered a "suspect."