And so those who are engaged in killing others in the absence of a war, declared by Congress, or a death penalty not arrived at by a legitimate legal process (i.e., a timely public trial by a jury of one's peers); or is engaged in wire tapping without satisfying strict requirements as outlined in statutes requiring careful due process of law; or in torturing another human being under any circumstances whatsoever... in fact, any such persons are criminals and ought to be held accountable for their actions.
So all those people who have been engaged in these activities have betrayed their oath of office, and many have, as it turns out, committed treason. And those who took such an oath of office and yet ignored the crimes that we all could see taking place, they too have failed us.
Argue if you want to, but this is the bottom line, we are no longer free, despite the fact that we all have pledged allegiance hundreds of times since we were old enough to remember the words. And this is how it is. This is what we have done to ourselves. And that is why, for example, we can find in Seattle, Washington, 750,000 people parading in the streets to celebrate a sport team's victory. I wonder how many people we could find who care enough about their own freedom to do something thoughtful and useful to get it back.
One of these days, we're going to find out.
You can't be afraid of the truth and expect to remain free.