Letters to the Editor: Sept. 11, 2022

Peninsula Premier Admin

History repeating?

Some 50 years ago, E Howard Hunt and Gordon Liddy broke into the Watergate hotel to find secret files that belonged to Daniel Ellsberg, best known as the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times. The Pentagon Papers were classified documents about our involvement in the Vietnam war. Their release was instrumental in pressuring Nixon to end the war and negotiate for a peace agreement  Now, the FBI has searched ex-President Trump’s mansion in search of, you guessed it, classified documents he might have had the authority to keep after leaving office with election time a month or two away.

The two events are alike in many ways, except Biden has been allowed to abuse his authority so often for purposes that would have gotten him impeached in 1972. The most worrisome of these is the billions of dollars in weapons for Ukraine and Taiwan when negotiations are needed more badly.   In contrast, the Democrats in Congress could impeach Trump today for forgetting to tie his shoes if they wanted to.

— Bill Graham, Salinas 

The real threats to democracy

What President Biden, Democrats and liberals say about semi-fascism is laughable.

Only one president, Biden and his DOJ, goes after political opponents with arrests and middle of the night, draconian raids at their homes and airports.

Only ex-deep state intelligence leaders and agents lie and claim that the real Hunter Biden laptop investigation is Russian misinformation to protect the incompetent and corrupt Biden candidacy.

Only corrupt FBI agents lied to FISA Courts to railroad Trump and his associates.

Only dirty FBI agents went to social networks like Facebook and Twitter to tell them to censor and stop legitimate investigations of the Bidens which interfered with the 2020 presidential election.

The democrats, deep state officials, and the liberal mainstream press are a threat to democracy.

These corrupt groups tried to create a coup against Trump with a false narrative of Russian collusion and false Ukrainian phone calls and a phony impeachment.

— Ronald Lomanto, Monterey

No love of country

Senator Marco Rubio, Judge Aileen Cannon, and 51-year-old Kid Rock, possess an incomprehensible sense of loyalty to the twice impeached pathological liar and former POTUS. While Mr. Rock poses no threat to American democracy due to his limited influence, the Senator and judge are another issue. Their positions of influence infer the possession of rational thought and love of country. Senator Rubio’s suggestion that the intentional theft of highly classified material is merely a “storage problem” and Judge Cannon’s ridiculous ruling requiring a “special master” to gum up the works indicate otherwise.

The election deniers and others who are not loyal to the USA should not be allowed to hold public office.

— Bob Hogue. Pacific Grove

Search warrant nonsense

Isn’t it about time we put a stop to the pointless chatter whether the items seized at Mar-a-Lago were classified or unclassified, top secret, or “nuclear?”  That may make for titillating talk show gossip, but is irrelevant to the validity of the warrant.  The legal question is whether there was reason to believe that evidence of a crime was at the location to be searched. Since it was obvious from what was turned over after months of begging that many more items remained, in violation of the Presidential Records Act, end of story.  Since in this case the documents themselves were evidence of a crime, regardless of their content, the legal burden was easily met.  Whether those documents or the alteration or destruction of other documents revealed more serious criminal conduct, such as violations of the Official Secrets Act, is a separate question.  Probable cause is not a sliding scale that varies with the seriousness of the crime, or with the celebrity of the owner of the location to be searched.

— Glenn Nolte, Carmel Valley

Contributed by local news sources

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