In a secret coup, US security agencies have apparently taken over the United States Government. With key members of Congress, the Executive has given itself secret powers, authorized by secret laws, interpreted by secret courts. There is no accountability at all.
To facilitate this takeover, the President, his Administration, its agencies and House and Senate leaders have conspired to conceal the nature and scope of these activities from Congressional and Judicial oversight. They have subverted the Constitution and broken both the law and their oaths of office, an impeachable offense.
These are crimes under US law. You can argue all you want, but from Obama on down, the defense of these programs amounts to "If the President does it, its not illegal", to quote Richard Nixon. He was wrong about that. And what we are talking about here is 10x worse than anything Nixon did. Watergate was a personal scandal. Here, the Administration has declared a permanent state of war, and is permanently suppressing Constitutional rights.
This is not an abstract issue. Reuters has uncovered that the DEA was getting information from these illegal programs and concealed the source of their evidence from Federal Judges in criminal cases. That is a major crime and people should go to jail. Another impeachable offense.
Note I am not just specifically accusing Democrats. The Republicans are in this up to their necks as well.
Its all going to lead to a political crisis. At least it better.
UPDATE Aug. 8
Reuters is reporting that the IRS also participated in concealing the source of evidence gained from NSA intercepts.