We're talking the Soviet Union, not contemporary Russia. Vasily Blokin executed over 7000 people (the world record holder for kills by his own hand, at least without the aid of an atomic bomb).
During the Stalin regime, people were not only executed, but disappeared so that they ceased to exist entirely, a policy that is conspicuously echoed in our drone strike programs in the Afghanistan and Pakistan theaters. But the upshot is we don't know how many were obliterated. Millions, allegedly.
Similarly the United States does execute people, but murders by police officers are not counted, and often are not recorded, so we don't actually know how many civilians are killed by police bullets, though those should certainly count as murders by agents of the state.
What is in their eyes justifiable measures is to us overreach without proper oversight.
We may be better served by an intelligence community that is entirely transparent regarding their methods, much the way encryption sacrifices short-term security-through-obscurity for robust penetration-tested algorithms.
A few published and otherwise well-versed writers started using literally for emphasis, much like seriously or really and it caught on.
I still cringe at it since literally is the last bastion for non-metaphorisms. So that when I say Game of Thrones (or more properly A Song of Ice And Fire) is a literal epic, that's not saying it's really awesome (though it's pretty durned good) but also fits the properties of the epic genre classification.
As JustShutUpAndObey, our courts of law are not interested in seeing justice done, but getting the bad-guy. And every suspect not convicted is a bad-guy who escaped, not an innocent who was exonerated.
This has to change before we consider forensic evidence. Otherwise they can just get a company to build a bad-guy detector which sounds an alarm when you point it at a suspect. Currently, like our detector dogs, that is the height of where forensic science can go.
Right now we're in a state where forensic labs are not impartial, and will skew their results to implicate, even to the point of committing open fraud.
In this state, the only purpose a forensic lab can serve is the same as detector dogs, to implicate the innocent and force a conviction.
Considering this optimistically, Burr and Feinstein have just revealed their own technological incompetence, trying to insist on using logic that is eye-rollingly archaic, cliche and long debunked.
Hopefully it will soon go the way of Evolution is only a theory.
The anti-nerd sentiment within our civic sectors is conspicuous, though I don't know if that's from 70s era academy culture or more general anti-intellectualism, which reoccurs whenever political discourse within a society gets too demagogy-esque. (e.g. Genocide more scapegoat minorities!) People don't like the more deliberate folk going Um...that doesn't sound like a very good idea.
Really they just want us brainy types to shut up and make them some better, faster, boomier nukes so they can blow each other to kingdom come.
Yes. The US eventually became it's own version of a totalitarian police surveillance state (that smacks a lot of fascism, though we don't like to call it that). But this is definitely a different fascist empire than the one imagined.
It's kinda like if Joffrey poisoned his father Robert, and a more cunning Tomlin waited until Robert was good and dying before outing Joffrey's plot. And then Cersei manipulated the meeker Tomlin more easily than Joffrey to create a different, but still awful tyranny.
Also in the 1930s, Fascism was new and neat and exciting and didn't yet have all the negative associations with Naziism.
The Fascism-esque state we have, we sorta shambled into as flaws in the Republic were discovered / created and exploited.