On its face it seems like such a laughable question, doesn’t it? Surely, no Republic would ever a elect a tyrant willing to shed the blood of it’s citizens for power.
And yet we know that this Administration has admitted to killing for Americans with drone strikes, and that has taken part in gun-smuggling schemes to arm Mexican drug cartels which predictably has resulted in the deaths of American citizens.
Most chillingly, it has been revealed that it has abused the Espionage Act to go after Fox News reporters, and the penalty for espionage is death:
The Justice Department did more than seize a Fox News reporter’s emails while suggesting he was a criminal “co-conspirator” in a leak case — it did so under one of the most serious wartime laws in America, the Espionage Act.
It’s the same law used by the Nixon administration to go after The New York Times and Daniel Ellsberg over the leak of the Pentagon Papers. It’s the law used to charge the Rosenbergs, American communists, for allegedly passing secret information to the Soviet Union — they were executed for the offense in 1953.
One Washington attorney, who represents two defendants recently charged under that World War I-era law, told FoxNews.com that the decision by the Justice Department to invoke it in the current case is “beyond chilling” — and could set a dangerous precedent for going after reporters.
“This kind of puts us into the deep freeze,” attorney Jesselyn Radack said. “I feel like we’re back to the Dark Ages.”
The phrases “rogue government” and “tyranny” are not to be tossed around lightly, and yet, these are apt descriptions of our government in the United States today.
It is a testament to the slow-to-anger, patriotic, law-abiding nature of libertarians and conservatives in both parties that federal government offices around the nation haven’t already been put to the torch, with their employees tarred and feathers and run out of their own communities.
Each unfolding scandal involving this government is more widespread and dangerous to liberty than the last. May God have mercy on us all when the proverbial pot boils over.
Update: Holder signed off on the warrant.
Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on a controversial search warrant that identified Fox News reporter James Rosen as a “possible co-conspirator” in violations of the Espionage Act and authorized seizure of his private emails, a law enforcement official told NBC News on Thursday.
The disclosure of the attorney general’s role came as President Barack Obama, in a major speech on his counterterrorism policy, said Holder had agreed to review Justice Department guidelines governing investigations that involve journalists.
The long train of abuses continues to lengthen.