Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

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Dear Readers,

The U.S. Constitution is a magnificent document, one not to trifle with when it comes to the rights of the people and the limits of government.

What brings this to mind is our cover story by Catherine Edwards -- a story about America and her great principle that everyone has a right to confront his accuser, is innocent until proven guilty and shall know the basis upon which the government has made claims against him. Apparently, when it comes to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), these rights can be ignored.

This is quite troubling, especially since the INS also goes overboard on some (or many) other powers as well. But let's consider who gave this agency such authority. It was the Congress, the president and, ultimately, the people. And to what end when even a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) can't get access to alleged secret evidence INS uses to jail its targets, sometimes for years? Something is terribly wrong. …

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