This is probably too obvious to need repeating, but the pedant in me just cries out:
The United States of America--that gestalt comprised of laws , institutions, citizens and traditions agglomerated under said rubric--is in FAR greater danger to its integral self from the plans, policies, and projects of the Right-wing Bushevik regime to 'secure it' than it ever was or ever will be from ANY and ALL threats allegedly posed to it by those from whom the Bushevik regime's agenda claims to be protecting or securing it.
It stretches credulity to the utter limit to believe otherwise.
This is not to say that the Government (and I make a distinction between that and any particular Regime currently) should not exercise due caution and/or due diligence in seeking to preserve good order, or protect the borders, or prevent attacks upon the citizens. But, as has been the case with the current Regime, such natural and understandable precautions have become nothing more than the pretexts: Pretexts 1) for undermining accountability of the Regime to the People; 2) for unwarranted and illegal foreign military adventurism (and the imposition of draconian, unConstitutional surveillance upon the citizenry in pursuit of those adventures); 3) for circumventing and negating the systems of checks and balances embedded in the governing documents of the polity; and 4) for eliminating to the extent possible and/or, when elimination was not possible, for undermining and disempowering any and every Institution of the State by which the People may seek redress for the Regimes's wrongs.
This is the long-awaited, long-feared National Security State, and it is just as bad as we thought it was going to be. The myriad un- and anti-democratic measures undertaken by the Bushevik regime have far more to do with the 'securing' of their interminable power in the State than it has ever had to do with the safety of the People or the security of the Nation.
Discipline collar...(The New Yorker, natch)
3 days ago