Tagged: civil liberties

The Price We Pay…

…to fight Jihadist terrorism. Andrew Sullivan’s obsession with Islamic terrorism, or radical Islam’s unique penchant for terrorism (it’s not easy to tell the two apart anymore), continues

Come Pop My Bubble

When I read this article by Mark Adomanis in Forbes online, I find myself a bit confused. Adomanis mantains that there is a significant strain of American conservatism that looks at l’affaire d’Pussy Riot in Russia and...

A Peculiar Kind of Reasoning

I’ve been MIA recently, most due to some other projects I’ve been working on.  But I’ll have some deeper thoughts on the following later on…right after I’ve succeeded in picking my jaw back up...

The Disappearance of Informed Democracy

This week on the op-ed page of the Washington Post three senators debated the how best to detain “terrorists.”  The current annual defense authorization bill contains language introduced by Senators Carl Levin and John...

Secret Trials, Secret Laws

Spencer Ackerman reports on a secret USA-PATRIOT Act: You think you understand how the Patriot Act allows the government to spy on its citizens. Sen. Ron Wyden says it’s worse than you know. Congress...

Hopelessness and Torture

“It’s a mistake to say this was about inflicting pain. These measures were about instilling a sense of hopelessness, and that led them to compliance.” – Jose Rodriguez, former head of the CIA’s Counterterrorism...

In Which NJ Leads the Way on Freedoms

It’s a rare day indeed that I get to say this, but today I’m quite proud of my state’s elected representatives in the State House: State senators Michael J. Doherty (R- Hunterdon) and  James Beach...

From the Homeland

Instead of a Revolution Not long ago, and not for the first time, I noted that Barack Obama asserts powers far greater than those of George III. “And we all know what we did...

State Secrets

The Obama administration urged a federal judge early Saturday to dismiss a lawsuit over its targeting of a U.S. citizen for killing overseas, saying that the case would reveal state secrets. The U.S.-born citizen,...

Miranda’s Failure

A staggering new piece of research shows that in almost 20% of criminal trial convictions that DNA evidence has subsequently overturned, the prosecution was able to rely on ultimately false confessions by the accused.* ...