USA could become a "constitutional dictatorship"--former Nixon counsel

"If you think it disrespectful to discuss dictators, President Bush and the Constitution in the same column, be sure to give John Dean a call. The former White House counsel under President Nixon wrote a paper in 2002 in which he discussed the possibility of a America becoming a 'constitutional dictatorship.'

'''The distinction between a 'constitutional dictator' and a strong president is remarkably thin, if nonexistent,' he wrote.

"All this eavesdropping business reminded me of C. William Michael's 2002 book No Greater Threat: America After September 11 and the Rise of the National Security State.

"Besides providing a detailed analysis of the USA Patriot Act, he lays out the 12 most common characteristics of a national security state."


Tricia L said…
I think it became official when, upon signing the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act in 1996 that Congress passed, Bill Clinton, in his eagernes to win the election, agreed to let Congress have a bill they tried to get passed in 1976, 1980, and 1984, but couldn't, because it "reforms" almost out of existence the habeus corpus concept that had always been the bedrock of the American justice system.

Signing away a citizen's right to bring before a court the question of the legality of the government's action in taking away their liberty, despite the fact their rights were violated when they were tried.

Unless this transcript of Mumia Abu-Jamal's then Chief Counsel Leonard Weinglass's speech is way off-base.

Others might argue that it was compromised before even that...


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