The US is Moving Closer and Closer to the Surveillance State. By Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz. Excerpts from a recent MSNBC interview.
I think we are moving closer and closer to the surveillance state where phone calls are tapped, where emails are secured without a real basis. … Campaign contributions don’t qualify for the kind of crime that should justify the wiretapping of a lawyer.
Remember that when you wiretap a lawyer, you are wiretapping his clients and you wiretapping conversations between a lawyer and the client and you are searching for emails.
Where is the American Civil Liberties Union on this? Where are civil libertarians? We live in such a partisan atmosphere, get Trump at any cost that we are prepared to give up our basic civil liberties in exchange for getting Trump. …
Nobody would have been going after Michael Cohen if he weren’t Donald Trump’s lawyer. That’s the reality. People don’t investigate campaign contribution lapses or campaign law violations generally about people who aren’t in the public life. …
There is so much hypocrisy, partisan hypocrisy out there. … The ACLU has suddenly lost its way and forgotten what they’ve preached for 50 years because it is Donald Trump they’re after. We’re on the road to losing our civil liberties when you allow our civil liberties to be compromised because you are going after one particular person.
The US is in danger of losing its democracy. The secret police are too involved in politics, politicians spend too much time trying to jail each other instead of arguing about policy, and the bureaucracy has become too partisan. On top of that the left side is pursuing identity politics and large-scale immigration from the third world for electoral advantage, which is turning politics tribal and increasingly winner-take-all and increasing crime.