Should America have a secret police answerable only to the president?

10 Mar

Since it’s now apparently normal and OK for the president to have the power to execute American citizens with no judicial due process, congressional, or judicial oversight, why not a secret police force? If we’ve already established that it’s OK to execute citizens over seas, why not here inside the country? (The whitehouse has already acknowledged killing Americans overseas, but they won’t let on if they’re planning on using drones inside the country.) Why does it matter if the president uses a drone or a man with a gun? They both achieve the same effect. The executive branch, through Bush and now Obama, has already asserted it’s right to perform warrant-less wiretaps, searches and seizures, indefinite detention, and suspend habeus corpus. You just need to be labeled an enemy combatant or terrorist to lose all your rights. With the new ability to extrajudicial execute Americans, it would make a lot more sense for the president to form a special terror-fighting task force that combines all these powers. They would be able to spy on all Americans freely, arrest terrorists and dissidents, and imprison/execute offenders. Operating as an independent task-force answerable to only the executive branch would enable them to move quickly and decisively when protecting the state. We could call it something snazzy like the Security Task-force And Safety Initiative.

4 Responses to “Should America have a secret police answerable only to the president?”

  1. James Smith March 10, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    Surely you are not thinking the USA is still a free country? In some ways, it never has been. If you were the right race, religion, and political persuasion, it was good, but deviate from any of those and it’s a much different story.

    I wrote an editorial for an Arizona paper right after 9/11 predicting everything you have pointed out and even more. It’s at:

    • godlesspaladin March 11, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

      Haha, no, you know me better than that. I was being sarcastic about the whole thing, hence why the Safety Task-force And Security Initiative spells out Stasi. I just got thinking about this after I read an editorial where someone pointed out that the issue of a secret police is not too far a jump if we’re seriously considering it ok for the executive branch to act as judge, jury, and executioner.

      • slrman March 12, 2013 at 9:10 am #

        Yes, we really do need a sarcasm font. How about Comic Sans? I always enjoy the screams of outrage when it is used. Or maybe we should save it for puns?

        What makes you thing there are not secret police now? The secret service performs many of the same functions. Their presidential detail is only a part of what they do.

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