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The Hidden Bush Dictatorship

Last night on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Harper’s writer and lawyer Scott Horton made the astonishing -- and very convincing -- argument that,

Jul 31, 2020
Last night on MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” Harper’s writer and lawyer Scott Hortonmade the astonishing — and very convincing — argument that, while most of us didn’t realize it, over the last eight years President George W. Bush had turned our country into a dictatorship.
Horton, a prominent national security and human rights lawyer, is not on some crazy left-wing rant. He’s just analyzing the substance of the recently-released Office of Legal Counsel memos.
As we’ve written before, those memos handed the president of the United States extraordinary powers to use the military against U.S. citizens on our own soil, to ignore the Bill of Rights — particularly the First and Fourth Amendments, which are key to basic notions of liberty and freedom from unreasonable government power — and to insulate the executive’s actions from congressional and judicial oversight.
Voila! — we have a dictatorship. It’s the remarkably logical conclusion. Check it out here.
Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke is an economist, marketing strategist, and orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience crafting compelling narratives that resonate worldwide. He holds a Journalism degree from Columbia University, an Economics background from Yale University, and a medical degree with a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dexter’s insights into media, economics, and marketing shine through his prolific contributions to respected publications and advisory roles for influential organizations. As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures, Dexter prioritizes patient care above all. Outside his professional pursuits, Dexter enjoys collecting vintage watches, studying ancient civilizations, learning about astronomy, and participating in charity runs.
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