Stand up against threats to freedom

info@islandpacket.comOctober 10, 2012 

Benjamin Franklin said, "Those who would trade freedom for security deserve neither freedom nor security."

School bus cameras and license plate readers are not protection but a relinquishment of the right of every person to live his life free of government surveillance.

No person in this country who is not in custody should be watched by the government, nor should his whereabouts be tracked or trackable by the government unless there is a reasonable basis to believe he or she has committed a crime.

The first 10 amendments to the Constitution protect the people against the government. Intrusive cameras anywhere limit everyone's right to move about freely and set the stage for more intrusion into our lives.

The newspaper defends freedom of the press. It should also stand against these public cameras and the surveillance of thousands of people, none of whom have committed a crime.

Robert G. Sable

Hilton Head Island

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