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  •  No one here is defending the program (1+ / 0-)
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    The pro-Greenwald crowd just doesn't like nuance when many of us long time Daily Kos members point out that, while the NSA desperately needs reform, the narcissistic scorched earth "both sides do it" false equivalency narratives are no way to get there.

    But then, we must be "tribalists" or something.  I have to check the Glenn Greenwald terminology book, I'm not sure if "tribalist" and "Obamabot" has been updated to "apologist fascist" or something.

    •  both sides passed the (0+ / 0-)

      re-upped Patriot Ac wuith the super dupper secret sauce, the bogus AUFM and any and all new legislation that expanded and legalized the Bushies abuses. Both party's passed NDAA and this Democratic administration fought via the courts and by reinterpreting old  and legislating new definitions of the enemy and the crimes. Secret law, courts, warrants and secret crimes are not legal and neither is the bogus GWOT. Saying what is or isn't the Law does not make it so. There are plenty of lawyers who aren't bent who think this is unconstitutional and is illegal..

       As it stands all branches and both parties have twisted the law, The Great Writ, to the point where we are no longer a functioning democracy. Why is the TPP a classified state secret? This may be according to our bent captured creeping towards fascist government but it sure as hell doesn't trump our Bill of Rights regardless of what these bent pols, lawyers and courts say. How does an endless trumped up Terror negate common laws universal civil and human rights? How come the real criminals.

      Reformed my ass just like they reformed health care or the banksters, criminal casino. What they have done is 'reformed' the laws to suit their anti-democratic ends.  Assholes with power who  want to rule the world always lay claim to the legality of their violations of universal law and established human and civil rights. Fear, false threats and protecting people from the evil other is one of the oldest authoritarian tricks in the book. The GWOT is a dozy as it creates and endless enemy nebulous shadow enemy.  The law can now call any resistance or dissent terrorism or aiding abetting.  This is not what democracy or the rule of law looks like, it's what every lawless nasty regime throughout history has implemented and called it the Law and the Authority.

      We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

      That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

      Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.


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