GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul warned that the National Defense Authorization Act, which was passed by Congress this month, will accelerate the country's ''slip into tyranny'' and virtually assures ''our descent into totalitarianism.''
''The founders wanted to set a high bar for the government to overcome in order to deprive an individual of life or liberty,'' Paul, the libertarian congressman, said Monday in a weekly phone message to supporters. ''To lower that bar is to endanger everyone. When the bar is low enough to include political enemies, our descent into totalitarianism is virtually assured. The Patriot Act, as bad as its violations against the Fourth Amendment was, was just one step down the slippery slope. The recently passed National Defense Authorization Act continues that slip into tyranny, and in fact, accelerates it significantly.''
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