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Whitehouse escalating assaults on the foundations of Democracy | Joseph Gerson

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Dr. Joseph Gerson is Director of the American Friends Service Committee’s Peace and Economic Security Program, Executive Director of the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security, and Co-Convener of the Peace and Planet international network. His most recent book is Empire and the Bomb: How the US Uses Nuclear Weapons to Dominate the World.

The Trump Administration appears to be escalating its assaults on the foundations of what remains of Democracy in the U.S.

I have no love for Julian Assange, as today’s New York Times editorial explains, but charging him with espionage is a serious attack on the freedom of speech and the press. Please read the editorial.

More, the Trump claims of treason and Barr’s investigation of the roots of the Muller investigation is not only a desperate act of diversion. Trump is moving to consolidate his full control of all of the country’s power ministries: the Pentagon, Intelligence agencies, FBI, and the Dept. of Justice without checks and balances from Congress our the courts.

Our constitutional crisis and the campaign to establish an authoritarian tyranny is approaching its climax. We need to do all that we can to protect our democratic rights, culture and institutions.

The New York Times Opinion: Julian Assange’s Indictment Aims at the Heart of the First Amendment – The New York Times

On Thursday, the Justice Department charged Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, with multiple counts of violating the 1917 Espionage Act for his role in publishing tens of thousands of classified military and diplomatic documents in 2010. The indictment supersedes an indictment unsealed in April on narrow grounds of attempting to help an Army private surreptitiously break into a government computer to steal classified and sensitive documents.

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