Peter Van Buren knows from personal experience. He told the truth about Iraq and was pushed out of his job at the State Department because of it. he sees three distinct eras in terms of a constitutional republic versus a police state. In the first era, the colonists lived under laws dictated by the king. Protest was not possible. Van Buren points out in this revealing interview that this new phase looks a lot like the one our founders rebelled against. Press harassment, free speech “zones,” NSA spying; all have happened under the Obama Administration. And when we acquiesce, our foundation of freedom crumbles.