Despite the effort of the 600 lawyers we put together, we have not been able to close Guantanamo, and this is emblematic of the darkness that we have sunk into. Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, Jeremy Hammond, Edward Snowden are heroes. The reason we support these heroes is because what they did was a blow against imperialism. We don’t just see it about surveillance, but because it throws a wrench on our hegemonic system– the greatest purveyor of violence in the world. The law has been a colossal failure in terms of impacting the post-9/11 world. The legal protections have bee eviscerated.