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A guardian or a tyrant?

August 23, 2007

Re "Watching the watchers," editorial, Aug. 21

Surprise! Of all appeal courts, it's a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that voiced skepticism about the Bush administration's contention that two pending lawsuits -- one involving an Islamic charity and the other, AT&T customers -- might reveal state secrets in the war against terrorism. If there should be another terrorist strike, exponentially more devastating than 9/11, during the remaining months of the Bush administration, Democrats and the liberal media will be crying for another commission -- to determine exactly why all the dots were not connected to prevent this even deadlier disaster.

William H. Smith

Palm Desert


Why is President Bush so determined to give himself the powers of a dictator to "protect" us from terrorism? Why does a democracy like the United States need to become a police state to fight terrorism?

Carlos Khantzis

Woodland Hills

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