You start your own business.
Ah, such an easy answer!
And there isn't one now.
We believe that the [...] government should have broad authorities to investigate terrorism and espionage, and that it is possible to aggressively pursue terrorists
I am in agreement with that statement, as long as the government never gets do define the meaning of "terrorism", "espionage" and "terrorists".
Those of you who experienced the Red Scare will understand my sentiment.
Achieving this goal depends not just on secret courts and secret congressional hearings
What's the goal -- having a police state? There NO place for secret courts and secret Congressional hearings in a free society.
Since there is no "free society", the question becomes academic.
This government official needs to be brought up on charges of making verbal threats and abuse of power.
Since when where's personal accountability for government officials?
Have I missed the memo?
How can we improve our government so that it genuinely works for the interests of its own people, rather than for the elite few?
Nuke it from orbit and hope that the next species to evolve intelligence will do a better job.
No such thing "freedom from" is just a weaselly of saying "prevention of"
Freedom from persecution?
That's like saying Hitler won the fucking nobel peace prize.
Hitler didn't, but Arafat did.
Gott mit uns.
One can be pro-Israel without being Jewish.
Also, one can also be Jewish and anti-Israel. Things can be complicated.
"If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him." -- Cardinal Richilieu
Why do I get the feeling that nowadays said hanging applies only to "the most honest of men", while the crooked go scott free?
I have successfully recovered SIGNIFICANT funds (so significant that I am retired now at the age of 37) from three different police departments under 42 USC 1983 for violation of my civil rights
So let me see if I understand this.
You got "SIGNIFICANT funds" from your fellow taxpayers, while the miscreants that violated your civil rights didn't have to pay a cent of their own money, and most likely got an extra paid vacation (a.k.a "suspended with pat") as a bonus?
The days of cops being there to "protect and serve" are long gone
On the contrary. You just didn't realize who exactly they are serving and protecting.
We don't know who it was that discovered water, but we're pretty sure that it wasn't a fish. -- Marshall McLuhan