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Brent E. Frazier, Pelican Rapids, Minn., letter: Vote for Barrett over Rep. Peterson

Too much authority to law enforcement." Did those words get your attention? They sure got my attention the first time I read them.

Too much authority to law enforcement." Did those words get your attention? They sure got my attention the first time I read them. These are startling words of 7th Congressional District Congressman Collin Peterson.

Over one year ago, I had contacted Peterson regarding the Patriot Act, which some parts were to sunset in December 2005.

He sent me a reply in November 2005, stating that he had "voted against legislation that would make the Patriot Act permanent." His explanation was that he believes "this act contains excessive infringements on civil liberties and that it goes too far in granting authority to law enforcement."

So when citizens are concerned about acts of terriorism against us in the United States, Peterson is concerned about too much power and authority to law enforcement.

Peterson does not represent the viewpoints of the citizens of the district, as he also co-sponsored a bill that declares the NSA Terrorist Surveillance Program to be a criminal act.

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It is time to send someoneelse to Washington to represent the interests of the 7th. This man is Republican candidate Michael Barrett.

Barrett supports the continuation of the Patriot Act to keep us safe from domestic terrorists, and he strongly supports the NSA Terrorist Surveillance Program to keep us safe from international terrorists.

If you are from the 7th Congressional District of Minnesota, please vote for Barrett for U.S. Congress.

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