Dear Eric, I believe you are absolutely right that it can happen here, indeed it did happen here. We were living in a military dictatorship (Bush as commander in chief) and we did not even know it. Your cogent piece reminds me that the FBI took your book What Liberal Media? out of my house when they raided and seized computers, cell phones, books, calendars and addresses.
I think it is imperative that we try to figure out how our country, your country, my country, was seized literally without a fight. Clearly some of our institutions, the Congress, the Department of Justice, the Executive branch failed to protect us from enemies from within. The oath I took was to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution, against enemies foreign and domestic. The small cabal of Cheney, Addington, Yoo, "the principals" were indeed domestic enemies of our republic.
We are a stronger, safer, more secure country if we adhere to the rule of law. We must vow, never again, never again.
Thomas M. Tamm
Mar 18 2009 - 3:56pm