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  •  A good summary of the last six weeks (3+ / 0-)
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    Dumbo, aliasalias, corvo

    And I agree with you completely.  I do have a few things to say, however.

    There, in those shadows, the executive, judicial, and legislative branches began to meld into a unicameral shadow government, part of a new architecture of control that has nothing to do with “of the people, by the people, for the people.”
    I would add one phrase to that:  'a unicameral shadow government, all parts held within the Executive Branch, . ...'

    The FISA Court:  Lischblau's NYT article was electrifying and at first led me to hope, as did the next day's WSJ article (analyzed by Marcy Wheeler at emptywheel.net).  'But why are these people speaking on the record?' I asked myself; a reasonable question, given the wall of silence.  Here's how I see this playing out:  Using the hastily-assembled Privacy and Civil Liberties Board as a venue, a structured and managed 'conversation' will be held to give the public the semblance of an 'open and honest' discussion.  Then the body of 'secret common law' developed by the FISA Court will be incorporated into actual law, much the same way that Warrantless Wiretapping was made legal.

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