The Power to Kill – NYTimes.com–The corrupting influence of power and the most pernicious assertion Holder made

How do we recapture our rights?  No small trick in the face of this kind of assertion…

Mr. Holder said such operations require high levels of secrecy. That is obvious, but the FISA court operates in secret, and at least Americans are assured that some legal authority not beholden to a particular president or political party is reviewing such operations.

Mr. Holder argued in his speech that judicial process and due process guaranteed by the Constitution “are not one and the same.” This is a straw man. The judiciary has the power to say what the Constitution means and make sure the elected branches apply it properly. The executive acting in secret as the police, prosecutor, jury, judge and executioner is the antithesis of due process.

via The Power to Kill – NYTimes.com.

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