With one terrible exception, the Civil War, law and the Constitution have kept America whole and free.
The First Amendment is very important, but it's not everything.
Desperation is a fact of life in many poor, overcrowded countries.
Congress has shortchanged not only foreign aid but foreign policy. A mistaken notion that diplomats are unimportant and hence undeserving of support grips conservative legislators, especially.
Even a competent lawyer may not be able to mount an adequate defense against the state, with all its resources, if he has next to nothing for investigation and effectively works for starvation wages.