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                                                               (This is especially dramatic given that numerous federal judges and legal scholars – including a
                                                               former FISA judge – say that the FISA spying “court” is nothing but a kangaroo court.)

                                                               Also this week, the Department of Justice told a federal court that the courts cannot review the
                                                               legality of the government’s assassination by drone of Americans abroad:
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                                                                        has no constitutional rights?’ [the judge] asked Brian Hauck, a deputy assistant
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                                                                        “She provided her own answer: ‘The limit is the courthouse door’ . . . .
                                                                        “‘Mr. Hauck acknowledged that Americans targeted overseas do have rights, but he
                                                                        said they could not be enforced in court either before or after the
                                                                        Americans were killed.’”

                                                               (Indeed, the Obama administration has previously claimed the power to be judge, jury and
                                                               executioner in both drone and cyber-attacks. This violates Anglo-Saxon laws which have been
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           GEOGRAPIC REGIONS                                   The Executive Branch also presents “secret evidence” in many court cases … sometimes even
                                                               hiding the evidence from the judge who is deciding the case.
                                                               Bush destroyed much of the separation of powers which made our country great. But under
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           IN-DEPTH REPORTS                                    For example, the agency which decides who should be killed by drone is the same agency which
                                                               spies on all Americans.

                                                               Daniel Ellsberg notes that even the Founding Fathers didn’t have to deal with a government
                                                               claiming that it could indefinitely detain Americans … even on American soil.

                                                               After Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges, journalist Naomi Wolf, Pentagon Papers
                                                               whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and others sued the government to enjoin the NDAA’s allowance
                                                               of the indefinite detention of Americans – the judge asked the government attorneys 5 times

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                                                               whether journalists like Hedges could be indefinitely detained simply for interviewing and then
                                                               writing about bad guys. The government refused to promise that journalists like Hedges won’t
                                                               be thrown in a dungeon for the rest of their lives without any right to talk to a judge

                                                               The Department of Justice has also tapped Congressional phones, and a high-level NSA
                                                               whistleblower says that the NSA is spying on – and blackmailing – top government officials and
                                                               military officers including all 9 Supreme Court justices.

                                                               It’s not just the Executive Branch which has attacked the courts. For example, Congress passed
                                                               a bill stripping courts of the power to review issues related to genetically modified foods.
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                                                               Two former U.S. Supreme Court Justices have warned that America is sliding into tyranny. A
                                                               former U.S. President, and many other high-level American officials agree.
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                                                               For example, the Supreme Court ruled that if judges don’t like plaintiffs’ allegations of bad
                                                               government actions, the judge can simply pre-judge and throw out the lawsuit before even
                                                               allowing the party to conduct any discovery to prove their claims. This guts 220 years of
               Donate to Global                                Constitutional law, and makes it extremely difficult to challenge harmful government action in
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                                                               America has a “dual justice system … one for ordinary people and then one for people with
                                                               money and enormous wealth and power”.
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                                                               Indeed, most Americans have less access to justice than Botswanans … and are more abused
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