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August 25, 2011 The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.Tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peace-makers for lack of patriotism and for exposing the country to danger. Gary Orfield of the UCLA Civil Rights Project wrote in May 2003: “The loss of civil rights often begins with the reduction of rights in a time of crisis, for a minority that has become the scapegoat for a problem facing the nation.In December 2005, the New York Times reported the National Security Agency was tapping into telephone calls of Americans without a warrant, in violation of federal statutes and the Constitution.Furthermore, the agency had also gained direct access to the telecommunications infrastructure through some of America’s largest companies.Congress made matters worse by enacting the Military Commissions Act, which strips detainees of their habeas rights, guts the enforceability of the Geneva Conventions’ protections against abuse, and even allows persons to be prosecuted based on evidence beaten out of a witness. The Growing Surveillance Society — In perhaps the greatest assault on the privacy of ordinary Americans, the country is undergoing a rapid expansion of data collection, storage, tracking, and mining.Today the government is spying on Americans in ways the founders of our country never could have imagined.
The ACLU enumerates the following top ten abuses of power since 9/11:  1.A bipartisan group from Congress sponsors legislation to strip Americans of their citizenship based on Terrorism accusations.Barack Obama claims the right to assassinate Americans far from any battlefield and with no due process of any kind. soil be treated as enemy combatants and thus denied even the most basic legal protections (including the right to be charged and have access to a lawyer).Since 2002, some “enemy combatants,” have been held at Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere, in some cases without access by the Red Cross.
Investigations into other military detention centers have revealed severe human rights abuses and violations of international law, such as the Geneva Conventions.
 To quote Glenn Greenwald again: “A primary reason Bush and Cheney succeeded in their radical erosion of core liberties is because they focused their assault on non-citizens with foreign-sounding names, casting the appearance that none of what they were doing would ever affect the average American.