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10 reasons why USA should not be considered as the country of liberty

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Every year US State Department publishes proceedings about human rights in other countries, and most Americans are convinced that, their country is by all definitions a «land of the free», Jonathan Turley, Professor of Public Interest Law of the George Washington University, writes in his article in Washington Post.

«Yet, the laws and practices of the land should shake that confidence», – the author believes. According to him ever since the 11th of September 2001, USA systematically limits civil freedoms in favor of strengthening the «security state». The new authorities of National Defense make the country seem «at least in part, authoritarian», the author writes.

USA has much in common with regimes of Cuba and China: «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.»

Turly then proceeds to list the powers acquired by the US Government, since 9/11:

1. Assassination of U.S. citizens

Obama, like Bush before him, has claimed the right to order the killing of any citizen considered a terrorist or an abettor of terrorism.

2. Indefinite detention

Under the law signed in December, terrorism suspects are to be held in military prisons. “The president also has the authority to indefinitely detain citizens accused of terrorism”, – stated in the article. Moreover US Administration actively blocks attempts to litigate this power in the Federal Court.

3. Arbitrary justice

The president now decides where a person will receive a trial – in the Federal Court or in a Military Tribunal.

4. Warrantless searches

The president may now order warrantless surveillance, including a new capability to force companies and organizations to turn over information on citizens’ finances, communications and associations.

5. Secret evidence

According to the author, US Government frequently uses secret evidence to arrest citizens, as well as during Court trials. «It also forces the dismissal of cases against the United States by simply filing declarations that the cases would make the government reveal classified information that would harm national security — a claim made in a variety of privacy lawsuits and largely accepted by federal judges without question.» – Turly writes.

6. War crimes

In 2009 Obama Administration claimed, that it will not allow investigations of CIA operatives who are suspected of using water boarding (torture that creates a sense of being drowned for the victim). “This gutted not just treaty obligations but the Nuremberg principles of international law,” – the author states.

7. Secret court

The government has increased its use of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. In 2011, Obama renewed these powers, as well as allowing secret searches of individuals who are not part of an identifiable terrorist organizations.

8. Immunity from judicial review

The Obama administration successfully pushes for immunity for companies that assist in warrantless surveillance of citizens.

9. Constant monitoring of citizens

The Obama administration successfully defended its right to use GPS devices to monitor every move of targeted citizens without securing any court order or review.

10. Extraordinary renditions

The government now has the ability to transfer both citizens and noncitizens to another country. «which has been denounced as using other countries, such as Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan, to torture suspects», – the author explains. «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», Terly stresses out. According to him this is exactly what US founding fathers feared the most.

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  1. Nikita says:

    Finally someone did take notice that USA is becoming a fascist State.
    Better late than never!

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