The Agitator #306: The FBI and the rule of law | Opinion

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Policing in totalitarian countries like Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, North Korea, Cuba, and others past and present, doesn’t take a lot of imagination. When the “interests of the state” supersede any protections the constitution (if there is one) or laws provide its citizens, then both become meaningless. When people can be rounded up en masse, can be held indefinitely, interrogated by any and all means, and afforded no due process to include a lawyer and impartial judge, it’s a lot easier to get results.

In police states there is no need to build a factual case against someone to develop probable cause for an arrest, search warrant, or to conduct electronic surveillance. If investigators decide to target someone based on a hunch or mere suspicion, there isn’t much,…

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