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  •  The telecoms are a subterfuge. (15+ / 0-)

    The real object of the immunity issue is to set a precedent for the executive.  It isn't just a matter of the executive being protected from prosecution for a failure to follow the law, but from being held accountable at all.

    Privatization--i.e. having government functions performed by private corporations--has been primarily driven by a desire to evade public supervision of the agents of government.  So, in a sense, the corporations have been unwittingly complicit in an effort to undermine Constitutional government.

    Now, the architects of this subterfuge may well argue that the people were never intended to rule and cite as evidence that there was no precedent until the passage of the civil rights laws and judicial interpretations in the latter half of the 20th Century.  Which is correct.  But that merely demonstrates that the principles underlying the Constitution still haven't been fully realized.

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