- Add the ability to edit comments until they are moderated or have a reply
This would have to be done carefully, i.e. you can't post an edit after someone has clicked the reply button (not actually posted the reply). And the person replying would need to be notified if the post had been changed since the page was loaded.
Earlier in this discussion someone suggested to allow appending comments to your own post with a timestamp, but not editing the original text. That might be a better approach.
if congress which is barred from passing unconstitutional laws passes a law making it legal,
Nothing stops Congress from passing unconstitutional laws.
then it really isn't conspiring to violate someone's rights
Sure it is.
Very nice, but I see you neglected to quote any of the legislation authorizing the activities of the intelligence agencies.
Any reason for that?
It's irrelevant. If there is a recognized civil right that is being violated, then 18 USC 241/242 apply, regardless of other legislation.
Fire them and throw them into jail.
A federal judge will never go to prison for rendering judgments favorable to the administration.
Soap box, ballot box, jury box... all have been subverted or suppressed to the point of failure. Massive protests? We had some a couple years ago, they were shut down by riot police. Elections are subverted by the money and connections necessary to get your name on a ballot. The jury box is of little utility. The role of a jury today is lessened from what it once was. The DoJ is more interested in prosecuting whistle-blowers while declining to prosecute bankers or even investigate documented illegal acts within the Executive branch, past and present. Hell, Holder even thinks he can justify extra-judicial killings of Americans.
"America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards." -- Claire Wolfe
The "awkward stage" ends when the populace is more concerned with civil rights than American Idol. I don't see that happening yet. It might be possible to reign in some abusive practices without violence, but the more time passes the more difficult that will be.
If a subordinate asks you a pertinent question, look at him as if he had lost his senses. When he looks down, paraphrase the question back at him.