We should remember Lord Acton’s admonition as we read about the NSA surveillance program, the secret FISA court, secret renditions, water-boarding, military trials, Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, preventive detention, warrantless searches, unrestrained use of tasers, TSA manhandling of 5-year-old children, PROMIS, endless wars, the militarization of the civil police, undisclosed deals between the Banks and the Government, private armies, secret wars, assassinations . . . . .
And on and on and on . . .
Empires require secrecy and tyranny to survive. Do we really need to support an Empire?