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Is America Ensnared in an Endless War?

Surtr Wrote: Feb 08, 2013 12:59 AM
"this war will one day bring an end to the freedom for which the Fathers fought." Pat, we're long past there already. For the government whose purpose is our well-being now scans us nude, monitors our bank accounts, is moving to repeal the 1st & 2nd amendments, and, should one speak up too loudly, will throw you in a cage to be raped by feral savages.
"When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal."

So said Richard Nixon in his interviews with David Frost. Nixon was talking about wiretaps and surreptitious entries to protect lives and safeguard national security in a violent and anarchic war decade.

The Nixon haters pronounced themselves morally sickened.

Fast forward to our new century. For, since 9/11, we have heard rather more extravagant claims by American presidents.

Under George W. Bush, it was presidential authority to waterboard, torture, rendition and hold enemy aliens in indefinite detention at Guantanamo.

Under Barack Obama, we don't have a Nixon "enemies list"...