Raimondo’s argument is more comprehensive, and he does state that that Lincoln’s actions along with other historical acts of internal tyranny ”… all wreaked their havoc, denting and often piercing the shield of the Constitution, although never wounding the republic at its heart.”
However, his main point on drones is well made. No program of comprehensive surveillance is compatible with liberty and our Constitutional protections. The absence of widespread outrage is troubling; the silence from major political parties and Congressional inaction on the issue once again demonstrates an abrogation of their responsibilities and fiduciary duty.
It’s interesting that the elder Raimondo went to the Drones (which can be shot down) and not the revelations on Stuxnet, to illustrate a point. Iran is reverse engineering a drone they shot down, as are others, just as Stuxnet is presently being reversed engineered.
It’s all well and good to dwell on the civil liberty front, but the reality is that Blowback is an all encompassing theme.