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As a resident of the Detroit area for most of my life, one of the cultural aspects I've always enjoyed and been proud of is our large Middle Eastern population. I'm grateful for how my Muslim friends have enhanced my understanding of all humankind, as well as myself. One of the most important reasons why they decided to remain in this country (many are naturalized citizens) is their respect for our Constitution. The fear that I witnessed after this particular Ashcroft decision was carried out was so palpable that we couldn't share our normal political discourse. Trashing the Constitution based on fear of what might happen next has motivated all of the darkest moments in our history. Simply stated, it is fundamentally wrong and un-American. I would like to personally thank the Bush appointee who authored this decision and his/her peers who stood up and demonstrated the best of our character.