Warrantless Wiretaps Redux

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James Hanley

James Hanley is a two-bit college professor who'd rather be canoeing.

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  1. Avatar Road Scholar
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    You know… maybe I’m a cynical SOB. But it actually doesn’t bother me that much to learn that a president (or anyone, really) claims power or authority they shouldn’t have. That seems sort of par for the course with ambitious personalities. Government, business, even religion. I’m sure you see similar crap in academia as well.

    What really bothers me is when the other branches let them get away with it, don’t pull them back, slap them down, and firmly say, “No!” That indicates a system failure, checks and balances that aren’t checking and balancing.Report

  2. Nob Akimoto Nob Akimoto
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    And yet despite all these claims of executive power, we have yet to live in a dystopian land where government silences all dissent.

    You know instead of:

    All of the evidence highlights the implicit bargain that is offered to citizens: pose no challenge and you have nothing to worry about. Mind your own business, and support or at least tolerate what we do, and you’ll be fine. Put differently, you must refrain from provoking the authority that wields surveillance powers if you wish to be deemed free of wrongdoing. This is a deal that invites passivity, obedience, and conformity. The safest course, the way to ensure being “left alone,” is to remain quiet, unthreatening, and compliant.

    I wonder who would write such a ridiculous thing….Report

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