"The current Trump investigation is just the latest chapter of a long-brewing civil liberties nightmare. … ... the Justice Department increasingly argues that affording certain people rights harms the secret objectives of the secret state"
Andrea Widburg this morning, in The Eleventh Circuit’s unconstitutional ruling against Trump, cuts through all the BS you may have been hearing about the Trump “classification” case—and that means also the FBI’s MAL Raid as well. She does it by citing SCOTUS authority—something I wasn’t able to do yesterday. We all understand the principles involved, but it’s a great help to also have the authority of a SCOTUS case. I’ll just excerpt the money paragraphs, which are brief (but follow the link for the full article).
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Widburg presents the question as the knuckleheads (they’re either that or something much worse) on the 11th Circuit should have presented it:
The answer has been answered before. It’s there in the Constitution, of course, in the definition of the POTUS as Commander in Chief, but it has also been addressed by the SCOTUS. The answer? The POTUS decides.
Now, since we’re talking about this within a real world context—it’s not a matter of purely academic interest—it’s worthwhile considering the direction in which this is heading.The fact that the case Widburg cites dates back to 1961 shows that these issues have been on people’s minds for some time. However, the steroidal development of the Deep State—for purposes of domestic control—really dates back to 9/11, albeit with warning signs that go back further. Matt Taibbi—in an article that was pointed out to me both by a friend and by several commenters—does a masterful job in presenting what we’re facing. He’s describing what I’ve been talking about—the transformation of our Constitutional Republic into a National Security State.
Again, these are just excerpts of a much longer article:
It almost defies imagination, but it’s real.
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