Trump's "National Security" Abuses: First, Muslim Ban; Next, Security Clearance Revocation. Trashing Immigrant Rights Endangers Freedom of All Americans.

CNN reports on August 21 that 175 former US officials have denounced Donald Trump for revoking the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan for speaking out in opposition to Trump.

Presidential use of "national security" as a pretext to stifle dissent could be the beginning of the end of free speech and democracy in America. Therefore, it is more important than ever to see where this all started. The answer is plain. It began with Donald Trump's Muslim ban - the most obvious example of using "National Security" as a pretext to assert unlimited presidential power.

In the Muslim ban orders, the purpose was to use strongman tactics to override the religious freedom guarantee of the Constitution by targeting an immigrant minority. In the case of revoking the national security clearance of John Brennan and reportedly preparing to revoke the clearances of other former officials who have opposed Trump, the First Amendment free speech rights of Americans are now being trashed.

If and when the epitaph to our democracy is written, it will surely say that the loss of our freedom began with Trump's Muslim ban and the Supreme Court's decision to uphold it on obviously concocted, "Trumped-up" national security grounds. Now, with Trump's security clearance revocation(s) and constant attacks on the media, the fundamental rights of all US citizens are fast disappearing.

The same is true with Trump's now abandoned policy of tearing terrified, screaming, young immigrant children away from their parents and locking them away in dog cages. While many Americans were outraged and spoke out against this barbaric policy, others turned away because "only (brown) immigrants" were the victims. Will Trump's escalating abuses of power in the name of "National Security" one day soon lead to an American Dachau or Buchenwald for US citizens who oppose Donald Trump?

If the American people do not stand up against the Trump administration's persecution of immigrants with darker skin color than the white one that he so obviously prefers, all of us could be at risk of sharing the same fate as the immigrant children who were held in animal cages - or even worse.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law