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Georgia state Rep. Ben Harbin is the chief sponsor of a bill, with co-sponsors Reps. Barbara Sims and Lee Anderson, that removes the statute of limitations on reporting child molestation, and provides that prosecutions may commence at any time for child molestation, aggravated child molestation and other offenses related to sexual predation when the victim is younger than 16 when the crime was committed.

With the alleged abuse at Penn State in the headlines and as the dad to six children, I say we cannot allow these monsters to go unpunished in Georgia because of this technicality. This is the very definition of a capital crime against innocent children and society! Radio reporter Scott Hudson says the choice for lawmakers is simple: You are either with the child molesters on this, or you are with the children.

I agree! Let’s protect the children! Good job Ben, Barbara and Lee!

The U.S. Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act 93-7, with a secret provision that appears to empower the U.S. military to operate on American soil, arrest American citizens and cart them off to detention centers anywhere in the world. The Senate voted Nov. 30, 88-12, to limit debate on the legislation, including Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia voting with the majority!

Section 1031 of the NDAA bill would turn the entire homeland into a battlefield, and allow the military to arrest individuals accused of being terrorists and detain them indefinitely without trial!

The provision was hashed out in secret by Sens. Carl Levin and John McCain. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a supporter of the bill, explained that it would “basically say in law for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefield,” and people can be imprisoned without charge or trial “American citizen or not.”

He added later: “I think most Americans feel comfortable with the idea that the American military should be involved in fighting al-Qaida at home, and that is not a law enforcement function.”

Republican Rep. Justin Amash called the provision of the bill “one of the most anti-liberty pieces of legislation of our lifetime,” adding that the language had been “carefully crafted to mislead the public” in that the proposed law “does not preclude U.S. citizens from being detained indefinitely, without charge or trial, it simply makes such detention discretionary.”

Who determines who get discretionary detention?

The executive branch – President Obama’s national security team – can say goodbye to the Constitution and its Bill of Rights! Let’s protect our Constitution from bad votes by the U.S. Senate, Chambliss and Isakson!

Locally, we have a property rights and land use issues concerning the Magnolia Trace permit. Is there a solution that would stop subsidized housing from being built in Columbia County? Doubt it, but maybe this lemon can be turned into lemonade by ensuring public hearings on all subsidized and other developments in the future. Maybe the Columbia County Commission and the county attorney can find a different use for the property so it still is a win-win with the developer. It does not hurt to try!

Let’s protect our property rights! Fight for our children, Constitution and property rights before we lose them!

Brian Slowinski


(The writer is chairman of the Columbia County Republican Party.)

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copperhead 12/08/11 - 05:59 am
The government knows what is

The government knows what is best for us all. So what if we lose a few feedoms? We are safe. Quit your belly-aching and pay your taxes.

augusta citizen
augusta citizen 12/08/11 - 08:02 am
This letter covered 3 topics

This letter covered 3 topics so: yes, support the bill to remove the statute of limitations for reporting child molestations, absolutely!

As for the National Defense Authorization Act 93-7, what I hear is, "We're with the Government and we're here to help." Yeah, right, no thanks.

I'm afraid the Magnolia Trace debaucle is a done deal. Wish Columbia County could make lemonade from these lemons, but I doubt it.

Techfan 12/08/11 - 08:28 am
Brian: Nice quote by Amash.

Brian: Nice quote by Amash. Of the 17 votes in the House against the bill, he was one of the 2 Republicans. The other 15 votes against it were Democrats. In the Senate, the votes against were 3-3 Dem/Rep. The seventh was liberal Independent Bernie Sanders. Obama has threatened a veto. Going by the numbers, it appears Republicans support “one of the most anti-liberty pieces of legislation of our lifetime,” more than Dems. Nice try at the Republican propaganda though.

socks99 12/08/11 - 07:00 pm
If the statute of limitations

If the statute of limitations is to be removed, then why have standards of evidence, or due process? Shouldn't a simple accusation be enough for a conviction?

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