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By Ryan Alford, Medium, June 9, 2018

I published a book last year — Permanent State of Emergency — that addressed the degeneration of the rule of law in the United States during the ‘Global War on Terror’, a process that entailed the abandonment of its commitment to treating certain rights as absolute and not subject to derogation. The three key indicators I discussed were indefinite arbitrary detention, torture, and targeted killing: I concluded that when the Government of the United States obtained the power to violate these rights with impunity, it crossed over the threshold of the rule of law and became an elective dictatorship, the first developed nation to do so since the creation of the modern international order in the wake of the Second World War. The election of…