Thursday, January 23, 2014

Let me count the ways: A partial list of the illegal, immoral and downright unconstitutional actions of our current U.S. government.

I know I’m only scratching the surface here. Let me know if you have suggestions to add to the list.
  1. Indiscriminately collecting communications data on hundreds of millions of Americans who are not suspected of any terrorist or illegal activities.
  2. Conducting surveillance and data gathering on friendly foreign leaders.
  3. Imprisoning and torturing people in Guantanamo Bay who have not been charged with any crime.
  4. Using drones to murder foreign nationals who have not been convicted of any crime.
  5. Using drones that regularly kill innocent civilians in foreign countries.
  6. Allowing the FBI and local police departments to spy on and infiltrate peaceful, legitimate protest organizations.
  7. Allowing the militarization of America’s police departments.
  8. Admitting marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol, yet continuing to arrest and imprison people for using marijuana.
  9. Continuing to pour billions of dollars into a worldwide drug war that is universally condemned as a failed policy.
  10. Continuing the long running policy of supporting foreign leaders who are “friendly” to the U.S. regardless of their human rights records.
  11. Continuing to be the largest exporter of weapons to the world.
  12. Punishing whistleblowers instead of those criminals who are exposed by the whistleblowers.
  13. Not making campaign finance reform a major policy initiative.
  14. Not charging any bankers or Wall Street power players with crimes for the 2008 economic meltdown.
  15. Trying to push through trade agreements like TPP in secret without sufficient input and discussion from stakeholders.
  16. Allowing Israel to have undue influence over policy making both in Congress and the White House.
  17. Continuing to spend a disproportionate amount of taxpayer dollars on the military and intelligence operations.
  18. Allowing radical Republicans to set the parameters of debate on a number of important topics.
  19. Not doing more to reverse or negate the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.
  20. Continuing to underfund scientific research.

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