“Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that cannot bear discussion and publicity.” — Lord Acton

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?

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