Law Professor: "...In The Period From Late 2001-January 19, 2009, This Country Was A Dictatorship."

Scott Horton - a professor at Columbia Law School and writer for Harper's - says of the Bush administration memos authorizing torture, spying, indefinite detention without charge, the use of the military within the U.S. and the suspension of free speech and press rights:

We may not have realized it at the time, but in the period from late 2001-January 19, 2009, this country was a dictatorship. The constitutional rights we learned about in high school civics were suspended. That was thanks to secret memos crafted deep inside the Justice Department that effectively trashed the Constitution. What we know now is likely the least of it.

Horton is correct that "What we know now is likely the least of it." Just as with the economic crisis, we cannot change things - or even learn the full truth - unless we have the courage to ask the hard questions and to take appropriate actions to hold even the high and mighty to the rule of law.

And as constitutional experts have pointed out, Obama and Congress are complicit in crimes if they cover up and fail to prosecute. For example, constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley said:

"There is an obvious level of collusion here. We now know that Democratic leadership knew about the illegal surveillance program almost from its inception. Even when they were campaigning about fighting for civil liberties, they were aware of an unlawful surveillance program as well as a torture program. And ever since that came out, the Democrats have been silently trying to kill any effort to hold anyone accountable because that list could very well include some of their own members."

See also this.

Note: Not only did a lot of us "realize it at the time", but many in Congress and the judiciary knew as well.

I hate to say it

but it still is. Obama is just a little slicker than Bush. According to the Constitution we live in a Constitutional Republic, not a Democracy. The way things are now it is more like a Corporate, Fascist dictatorship.

Yay for the HomeTeam!! How to get MSM coverage??

I think that it is great that the nine memos were released, but as we have seen, there are over 40 of similar caliber, which should also be released. The primary consideration right now, I believe, should be to find a way to get maximum effect of the dissemination of this news through the MSM.

I don't think that the MSM matters at all, and that we could just as well ignore 'em, but to inspire some rage from Joe whoeverthefuck, it seems there should be a media stategery, dangit!!

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Memos Provide Blueprint for Police State

Wednesday 04 March 2009