Big Brother Starts with the PhoneLouis J. Freeh, the FBI...


March 08, 1994

Big Brother Starts with the Phone

Louis J. Freeh, the FBI director, defends proposed legislation that would turn the nation's telephone system into a vast surveillance network.

He claims that in the age of computer communications and digital telephone calls, the American people must be willing to give up a degree of personal privacy in exchange for safety and security.

Benjamin Franklin thought otherwise, having stated as a warning to our new nation, "They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

This effort to spy on U.S. citizens electronically is a perfect example of a government agency using apprehension and fear to coerce the acquiescence of the whittling away of our liberty. Under this delusion of fighting terrorists and criminals, Louis Freeh insists spying on all citizens is justified.

This is pure liberal, socialist hogwash. Edmond Burke said in 1784, "The people never give up their liberties, but under some delusion." Do not be deluded.

What guarantees or assurance can we accept from the people who have used the Internal Revenue Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the FBI to terrorize citizens in Waco and who now promote a national police force a la the Gestapo, that they "will not play big brother to the citizen"?

In the age of high-tech communications, we must be ever more vigilant in recognizing and stopping attempts to abrogate those freedoms and liberties so many Americans have paid the ultimate for.

Those liberally inclined should realize that we peons will not alone become the victims of the surveillance and restrictions intended for us as part of this new world government. They too will be under the same boot, once their usefulness in the delusion is gone.

This same type of deception is being used to hoodwink the American public to accept the loss of their Second Amendment right to own and bear arms, with the false premise that criminals will no longer use handguns against our citizens if those citizens give up their arms. This type of thinking is totalitarianism on the march. Beware.

Michael T. Dwyer Sr.


Caveman Tactics

I am appalled in this year, 1994, to read Michael Olesker's insensitive comment about state Sen. Mary Boergers, D-Montgomery, who seeks Maryland's Democratic nomination for governor.

In The Sun Feb. 6, Mr. Olesker describes Senator Boergers in this way: "She looks like '50's pop singer Giselle MacKenzie and talks in the flip, bubbly style of a candidate for chief cheerleader . . . "

This is an odd and thoroughly offensive way to describe a 48-year-old woman who has served nearly 13 years in both houses of the General Assembly. I have never seen Mr. Olesker describe any of the male candidates in such a sexist manner.

Mary Boergers seeks the state's highest office on her solid record. For generations, female candidates have faced those who resort to sexual stereotypes and trivialize issues in order to belittle the seriousness of a campaign.

Usually, political Neanderthals use such regressive tactics. I expect more from Michael Olesker.

Senator Boergers is a serious, mature woman seeking Maryland's highest office, certainly not a "bubbly cheerleader." She ought to be treated like every other candidate -- no better, no worse -- and judged for her record.

I hope Mr. Olesker takes a hard look at his approach to the only Democratic woman seeking the governorship.

David L. Miller


Feminist Attitude

Susan Reimer's Feb. 28 column, "To young women who foolishly abandon feminism," expresses exactly the feminist attitude that I am against.

She is telling women to blindly follow feminism and abandon their own beliefs. Feminists want women to "sign up and call yourself a feminist or go it alone." Women can be against sexism and still not agree with other feminist views.

I am, like the girl mentioned in the column, offended by feminist positions, one of which is their pro-abortion stance.

For the record, I am young and I am often foolish. However, I have learned strong values and morals from the mature women in my life.

Until feminism embraces faith, love and responsibility, I'll gladly go it alone.

Victoria Ann Young


Lust for Lives

One sign of a gifted newspaperman (especially one on the obituary beat) is when lust for a story is detected in his voice.

When I called Sun reporter Fred Rasmussen to report the sad Feb. 9 suicide of legendary South Baltimore barkeep "Tubby" Clayland, I sensed that I had found the right person to "write up" (as they say in Baltimore) Tubby for the record. The results were evident in Mr. Rasmussen's fine write-up in The Sun Feb. 19.

It made me recall a time when I became a feature writer at the now-defunct Washington Star (soon after I left The Evening Sun in 1962) and was bumped temporarily to obits for a minor infraction of the house rules.

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