Because freedom can't protect itself
Thanks for this post, Amanda. I read the Salon piece at 3:00 this morning and started feeling the same excitement I felt back in the Nixon days, watching the Erwin committee hearings. Then, I remembered that back then it was only one party that had tried to shred the Constitution.
The Core database and subsequent warrantles surveillance that culminated in the FISA amendment couldn't have happened without the complicity of the leadership of both parties.
Here's a question for the ACLU: Does the taking of the oath of office have any legal significance, or is it just window dressing?
If I'm called into court to testify, I take an oath to tell the truth, and if I violate that oath, the judge will send me to jail.
Our elected officials take an oath, administered at the highest levels by a justice of the Supreme Court to protect and defend the Constitution. Does violating that oath have any kind of consequences? Or is it just for show, with consequences only on election day, and only if anybody's paying enough attention to notice?
you can ask the ACLU,s new "Poster Boy"
for whistle blowers the infamous, the one and only Mike German, former FBI agent.
Mr German once thought american militias were joining with muslim to forment trouble in the US . Sounds like a Clancy novel and the inspector general didn't believe him either. I think big info center refers to these individuals as
" GEE-HAWD-ist". Go figure!
There is a long history behind this in the post-Nixon era, beginning with the shutdown of the investigations into the CIA by GHW Bush in 1976:
“Bush hoped to persuade congressional leaders that the investigations of the Agency should be curtailed. He made numerous personal visits to Capital Hill, where his low-key personal charm was welcomed. On March 31, 1976 he issued a formal call for reducing congressional oversight... Bush’s lobbying was successful. In large measure, his proposal was adopted: Congress consolidated the oversight process, drastically reducing its own access to CIA secrets... As an extension of the same strategy, Ford gave Bush authority to spread secrecy contracts throughout the executive branch and increased his control over all intelligence budgets. In his capacity as CIA director, Bush was to manage the entire U.S. intelligence community, including a separate staff that administered the National Security Agency...”
Quoted from Secrets: The CIA’s War at Home, Angus Mackenzie 1999
From a review:
“Secrecy operations originated during the Cold War as the CIA instituted programs of domestic surveillance and agent provocateur activities. As antiwar newspapers flourished, the CIA set up an "underground newspaper" desk devoted, as Mackenzie reports, to various counterintelligence activities--from infiltrating organizations to setting up CIA-front student groups... Drawing from government documents and scores of interviews, many of which required intense persistence and investigative guesswork to obtain, and amassing story after story of CIA malfeasance, Mackenzie gives us the best account we have of the government's present security apparatus. This is a must-read book for anyone interested in the inside secrets of government spying, censorship, and the abrogation of First Amendment rights.”
Probably the main new feature is the amount of involvement of private contractors. This creates a strange legal maze, as the rules that apply to private corporations and the rules that apply to federal agencies often differ - and they’re trying to merge the two together - the state and private industry. Looking at it that way, the “homeland security complex” is the closest thing to fascism that currently exists in the U.S. today.
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