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Allard has a chance to be a real patriot

In our lengthy essay yesterday on U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard, we did not address the Republican senator’s view of the Patriot Act.

Allard said debate is under way on easing the act’s clamp on civil liberties.

We urge Allard to aid and abet the cause.



Congress passed the Patriot Act in the wake of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. It gives the attorney general powerful tools to jail U.S. citizens if they are suspected of anything terrorist-related – perhaps even of having the wrong heritage, some might say.

Allard said he supported the Patriot Act because it was temporary.



Surely, the act has helped the U.S. Government in its fight against terrorism, and as Allard pointed out at his Summit County town meeting, it particularly helped get at al Qaida’s money men in the U.S.

Still, in the name of war, the act moved the U.S. closer to the type of society that has produced terrorism. The United States is better than that. The founding fathers drafted the Bill of Rights to protect American society from tyranny.

In wartime, however, we are known to compromise.

Even Abraham Lincoln suspended the right of habeas corpus, and if he didn’t jail the Maryland General Assembly with no real charges, the state would have seceded.

County Commissioner Bill Wallace told Allard a friend of his fell victim to the Patriot Act, and he urged the pendulum to soon swing back toward civil liberties.

Allard seemed open to the idea.

The Loveland veterinarian has become an important party figure in the U.S. Senate.

He serves on the Armed Services Committee and the Budget Committee where, through various circumstances, he is the fourth-ranking Republican. His influence on this issue could help return American rights to its citizens.

It could be a real patriotic act.


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