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In 2011, Wyden sought an amendment to the USA Patriot Act titled requiring the US government "to end practice of secretly interpreting law." Wyden warns that there is now a system of law beneath or behind the law that we can see and debate:

"It is impossible for Congress to hold an informed public debate on the Patriot Act when there is a significant gap between what most Americans believe the law says and what the government is using the law to do. In fact, I believe many members of Congress who have voted on this issue would be stunned to know how the Patriot Act is being interpreted and applied.

"Even secret operations need to be conducted within the bounds of established, publicly understood law. Any time there is a gap between what the public thinks the law says and what the government secretly thinks the law says, I believe you have a serious problem."

I have often wondered, since I first wrote about America's slide toward fascism, what was driving it. I saw the symptoms but not the cause. Scahill's and Rowley's brave, transformational film reveals the prime movers at work. The US executive now has a network of secret laws, secret budgets, secret kill lists, and a well-funded, globally deployed army of secret teams of assassins. That is precisely the driving force working behind what we can see. Is fascism really too strong a word to describe it?

*This article originally referred to Scahill and Rowley's documentary as Secret Wars; this was amended to Dirty Wars at 5.20pm ET on 3 February. The phrase "US kill list" in the subhead was also amended to "kill list" in order to remove possible ambiguity

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This is dictatorship, although I suspect the visib... by Dan Mage on Monday, Feb 4, 2013 at 9:17:09 AM
"We're on the kill-list.  They have the most ... by Don Caldarazzo on Monday, Feb 4, 2013 at 2:00:14 PM
was doing in Latin America in the 70s and 80s knew... by intotheabyss on Monday, Feb 4, 2013 at 4:48:39 PM
Up until George W. and 9/11 came on the national s... by Patricia Victour on Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 at 9:22:01 AM
is that the US taxpayer and 'consumer', continues ... by Paul Repstock on Monday, Feb 4, 2013 at 5:30:11 PM
You write that the prime movers at work are these... by Gary Brumback on Monday, Feb 4, 2013 at 6:27:37 PM
I agree, Naomi Wolf designates what are in fact, t... by Dan Baron on Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 at 12:25:06 AM
Austerity for the average american and unlimited w... by Poor old Dirt farmer on Monday, Feb 4, 2013 at 6:30:54 PM
Didn't Cheney have a similar assassin group under ... by Dennis Kaiser on Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 at 5:08:58 AM
At least the rethugs had the decency to try to hid... by Poor old Dirt farmer on Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 at 10:09:14 AM
What has been taking place over the course of 3 de... by Dennis Kaiser on Thursday, Feb 7, 2013 at 5:08:54 AM
is probably not true.... by BFalcon on Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 at 8:57:01 AM