Very recently, Glenn Greenwald posted an extraordinary article on his Salon blog that strongly suggests the US was a secret dictatorship from late 2001 to late 2008. Here is a three paragraph except from Greenwald’s article:
Yesterday, the Obama administration, to its credit, took steps towards fulfilling an important promise by disclosing — in response to a long-standing, hard-fought ACLU lawsuit for disclosure — multiple DOJ documents that contained Bush administration decrees with regard to government power (these are the documents that formed what, literally, was the regime of secret laws under which we were ruled for the last eight years). Unlike the NYT front page which Digby examined yesterday, even a quick review of these newly disclosed documents leaves no doubt about their historical significance. They are the grotesque blueprint for what the U.S. Government became, laid out so starkly that even the David Broders of the world could recognize their extremism.
Let’s just look at one of those documents (.pdf) — entitled “Authority for Use of Military Force to Combat Terrorist Activities Within the U.S.” It was sent to (and requested by) Defense Department General Counsel William J. Haynes and authored by Assistant Attorney General John Yoo and DOJ Special Counsel Robert Delahunty. But it’s not a “Yoo memo.” Rather, it was the official and formal position of the U.S. Government — at least of the omnipotent Executive Branch — from the time it was issued until just several months George Bush before left office (October, 2008), when OLC Chief Stephen Bradbury abruptly issued a memo withdrawing, denouncing and repudiating both its reasoning and conclusions.
The essence of this document was to declare that George Bush had the authority (a) to deploy the U.S. military inside the U.S., (b) directed at foreign nationals and U.S. citizens alike; (c) unconstrained by any Constitutional limits, including those of the First, Fourth and Fifth Amendments. It was nothing less than an explicit decree that, when it comes to Presidential power, the Bill of Rights was suspended, even on U.S. soil and as applied to U.S. citizens. And it wasn’t only a decree that existed in theory; this secret proclamation that the Fourth Amendment was inapplicable to what the document calls “domestic military operations” was, among other things, the basis on which Bush ordered the NSA, an arm of the U.S. military, to turn inwards and begin spying — in secret and with no oversight — on the electronic communications (telephone calls and emails) of U.S. citizens on U.S. soil.
I strongly encourage you to read Greenwald’s article whatever your political views. It will take you less than ten minutes. The article can be found here.