Ten Reasons The U.S. Is No Longer The Land Of The Free

320px-The_Star-Spangled_BannerJonathan Turley suggests some self-reflection for Americans, writing in the Washington Post:

Every year, the State Department issues reports on individual rights in other countries, monitoring the passage of restrictive laws and regulations around the world. Iran, for example, has been criticized for denying fair public trials and limiting privacy, while Russia has been taken to task for undermining due process. Other countries have been condemned for the use of secret evidence and torture.

Even as we pass judgment on countries we consider unfree, Americans remain confident that any definition of a free nation must include their own — the land of free. Yet, the laws and practices of the land should shake that confidence. In the decade since Sept. 11, 2001, this country has comprehensively reduced civil liberties in the name of an expanded security state. The most recent example of this was the National Defense Authorization Act, signed Dec. 31, which allows for the indefinite detention of citizens. At what point does the reduction of individual rights in our country change how we define ourselves?

While each new national security power Washington has embraced was controversial when enacted, they are often discussed in isolation. But they don’t operate in isolation. They form a mosaic of powers under which our country could be considered, at least in part, authoritarian. Americans often proclaim our nation as a symbol of freedom to the world while dismissing nations such as Cuba and China as categorically unfree. Yet, objectively, we may be only half right. Those countries do lack basic individual rights such as due process, placing them outside any reasonable definition of “free,” but the United States now has much more in common with such regimes than anyone may like to admit…

[continues at the Washington Post]

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  • Raz

    It must be easy for the US gov to criticize other nations for the same crap that they do against everyone that stands in their way for any reason. They in the background help shit happen and later claim to be on the side of the angels.

  • Raz

    It must be easy for the US gov to criticize other nations for the same crap that they do against everyone that stands in their way for any reason. They in the background help shit happen and later claim to be on the side of the angels.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    it was never ever the land of the free
    that was just schoolroom propaganda
    jingoistic bullshit for the masses
    just ask the native peoples and the slaves
    ask the people from Shays’ rebellion

    only the 1% were ever free
    and that freedom was to rape and pillage the enslaved

    “With Liberty and Justice for all.”
    (This offer void where prohibited by the Patriot Act.)

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    it was never ever the land of the free
    that was just schoolroom propaganda
    jingoistic bullshit for the masses
    just ask the native peoples and the slaves
    ask the people from Shays’ rebellion

    only the 1% were ever free
    and that freedom was to rape and pillage the enslaved

    “With Liberty and Justice for all.”
    (This offer void where prohibited by the Patriot Act.)

  • BuzzCoastin

    it was never ever the land of the free
    that was just schoolroom propaganda
    jingoistic bullshit for the masses
    just ask the native peoples and the slaves
    ask the people from Shays’ rebellion

    only the 1% were ever free
    and that freedom was to rape and pillage the enslaved

    “With Liberty and Justice for all.”
    (This offer void where prohibited by the Patriot Act.)

  • Gregory Wyrdmaven

    Uhm…trying to pin this on Obama would mean that Wash Post thinks that Uhmurkans have severe short-term memory.  That’s like saying people still think we had any legit reason to invade Afghanistand and Iraq.  What?  They still do?

    Oh hell, we’re doomed.

  • Gregory Wyrdmaven

    Uhm…trying to pin this on Obama would mean that Wash Post thinks that Uhmurkans have severe short-term memory.  That’s like saying people still think we had any legit reason to invade Afghanistand and Iraq.  What?  They still do?

    Oh hell, we’re doomed.

  • Gregory Wyrdmaven

    Uhm…trying to pin this on Obama would mean that Wash Post thinks that Uhmurkans have severe short-term memory.  That’s like saying people still think we had any legit reason to invade Afghanistand and Iraq.  What?  They still do?

    Oh hell, we’re doomed.

  • Land of the slaves

    Be prepared for Reichstag 3.0, it’s only going to get worse. 

    Reichstag 1.0 = 2/27/1933
    Reichstag 2.0 = 9/11/2001
    Reichstag 3.0 = ?

  • Land of the slaves

    Be prepared for Reichstag 3.0, it’s only going to get worse. 

    Reichstag 1.0 = 2/27/1933
    Reichstag 2.0 = 9/11/2001
    Reichstag 3.0 = ?

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