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Presumed Guilty in the Name of Fighting Terrorism

Surtr Wrote: Dec 29, 2012 8:06 AM
The most effective actions to defend at home are not related to spy agencies. Rather we should - Stop importing Arabs by the 747 load - Stop invading other nations - Stop stationing troops in 130 nations - Stop meddling in others' affairs - Stop throwing money at foreign corrupticrats - Stop pretending they "hate us for our freedom"-- if that were true, they'd LOVE us by now Problem solved. No need for unconstitutional spook agencies.

The legal principle placing the burden of proof on accusers rather than the accused can be traced back to Second and Third Century Roman jurist, Julius Paulus Prudentissimus. Yet, this ancient concept, which forms the legal and moral cornerstone of the American judicial system, is quickly being undermined in the name of “national security.”

In August 2004, President George W. Bush created the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) via Executive Order 13354. The organization was then codified in December of that year in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA). The primary purpose of this secretive government agency...