- Assassination of U.S. citizens (in company with Nigeria, Iran and Syria)
- Indefinite Detention (in company with China and Cambodia)
- Arbitrary Justice (in company with China and Egypt)
- Warrantless Searches (in company with Saudi Arabia and Pakistan)
- Secret Evidence
- War Crimes (in company with China, Syria, Serbia and Pinochet's Chile)
- Secret Court (in company with Pakistan)
- Immunity from Judicial Review (in company with China)
- Continual Monitoring of Citizens (in company with Saudi Arabia and Cuba)
- Extraordinary Renditions
Or, as professor Turley puts it ...
The framers lived under autocratic rule and understood this danger better than we do. James Madison famously warned that we needed a system that did not depend on the good intentions or motivations of our rulers: “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”
Benjamin Franklin was more direct. In 1787, a Mrs. Powel confronted Franklin after the signing of the Constitution and asked, “Well, Doctor, what have we got — a republic or a monarchy?” His response was a bit chilling: “A republic, Madam, if you can keep it.”
Since 9/11, we have created the very government the framers feared: a government with sweeping and largely unchecked powers resting on the hope that they will be used wisely.