Usurpation Blather

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What
explains the absence of a single international terrorist attack
on United States soil in the more than seven years that have elapsed
since Sept. 11, 2001?

Former President
George W. Bush, former Vice President Richard Cheney and many supporters
and detractors insist the Bush-Cheney usurpations and abuses were
key: warrantless surveillance targeting American citizens on American
soil in contravention of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
(FISA); torture; detentions of enemy combatants without accusation
or trial; military commissions combining judge, jury and prosecutor
for the trial of alleged war crimes by noncitizens; extraordinary
rendition; and secret kidnappings, coercive interrogation and imprisonments
abroad shielded from legal or political accountability.

But the weight
of the evidence indicates the Bush-Cheney lawlessness accomplished
nothing that could not have been achieved by constitutional means
and, in some respects, made the United States more, not less, vulnerable
to terrorism.

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January
29, 2009

Bruce
Fein is a constitutional lawyer with Bruce Fein & Associates Inc.
and author of Constitutional
Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for our Constitution and Democracy
.

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