Posted by Brad @ 3:24 pm on January 16th 2012

Quote of the Day

“While each new national security power Washington has embraced was controversial when enacted, they are often discussed in isolation. But they donít operate in isolation. They form a mosaic of powers under which our country could be considered, at least in part, authoritarian. Americans often proclaim our nation as a symbol of freedom to the world while dismissing nations such as Cuba and China as categorically unfree. Yet, objectively, we may be only half right. Those countries do lack basic individual rights such as due process, placing them outside any reasonable definition of ‘free,’ but the United States now has much more in common with such regimes than anyone may like to admit.[…]

An authoritarian nation is defined not just by the use of authoritarian powers, but by the ability to use them. If a president can take away your freedom or your life on his own authority, all rights become little more than a discretionary grant subject to executive will.”

Jonathan Turley, “10 reasons the U.S. is no longer the land of the free”

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