abelian0 saidSeems to be the pattern of the Commonwealth these days - Uganda's going to kill gay people, Australia is going to come up with access limitations to rival China, and Britain is stuffed with cameras as well as increasingly oppressive limitations on speech through defamation law/limitations on criticizing religion. I'm really beginning to appreciate the advantages of entrenchment and strong courts in constitutional systems.
Hate to break it to you, but the US is heading down that path faster than most Commonwealth nations. Homeland Security is there to be the giant Orwellian big brother apparatus; New York is following London's example by installing a "ring of fire" of surveillance; the laws have been changed to allow the military to engage in policing activities, a violation of the Possee Comitatus Act; Halliburton got multi-hundred million dollar contracts to build hundreds of "detention centers" around the US to house millions of people in the event of an emergency. Changes to laws and successive executive orders have made the declaration of martial law a much easier thing to accomplish. The NSA spies on ALL internet and telephone traffic, courtesy of the telecom companies, which were granted immunity from legal persecution. Police are becoming more repressive as training alters, and euphemisms like "pain compliance" justify the use of tasers. Torture hasnt, nor will it, be going anywhere. Obama as a Senator actually voted FOR the law that made the torture of anyone, including US citizens, LEGAL. (Military Commissions Act, look it up).
Yeah, sorry. So much for your "constitutional system" with "strong courts".