From the archive, originally posted by: [ spectre ]
IS DESPOTISM STILL EVEN ILLEGAL?
a historical perspective
“. . . Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to
suffer, while Evil are sufferable, than to right themselves by
abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long
Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object,
evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their
Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide
new Guards for their future Security. . . . The History of the
(President] is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all
having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over
these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World.
. . .”
The Declaration of Independence
July 4, 1776
First Pamphlet Proposing the Creation of Committees of Correspondence
to Redeem the Constitution of the United States by Causing the
Impeachment of Richard M. Nixon
October 24, 1973 / American Civil Liberties Union / Washington, D.C.
petition calling on former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay to resign
AND WHO IS THIS JAMES COMEY?
“James Comey, a former top official at the US Justice Department,
objected in 2004 to aspects of the National Security Agency’s domestic
spying program and refused to back it amid concerns about the program’s
legality and oversight.”
“Ken Bass, a Carter administration Justice Department official and an
expert on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, said the issue of
the president’s inherent power has remained unresolved for decades.
The White House’s analysis of presidential power is consistent with
previous administrations, Bass said. But he said he didn’t know of an
administration that had asserted authority for four years, as in the
monitoring program, to delegate decisions – normally requiring court
orders – to midlevel intelligence officials.”