Civil Liberties

A Nightmare Scenario

Just a quick post today, to pass on an important reading recommendation. Vox’s Matt Yglesias has sketched out a grim view of the prospects for Trump‘s America, focusing not so much on policy as on the threats that a Trump ...

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Facebook Should Just Say No

In a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Sen. John Thune has voiced concerns that Facebook’s “Trending Topics” section is biased against conservative viewpoints. Thune wants Zuckerberg to explain its organizational structure and processes for “Trending Topics” and ...

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Abortion: A Note on The Language We Use

Cecile Richards did a generally good job of defending Planned Parenthood in an interview last night with Chuck Todd, but I was disappointed to watch her decline to push back on one badly  loaded question. Todd put it to her ...

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Free Speech and Bigotry

There should be no question that Pamela Geller had a right to organize the contest that became a target for two jihadist would-be assassins.   There can be no excuse for the jihadists’ assault, which surely qualifies as an act of ...

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Torture: Effectiveness vs. Morality

In my post following the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on torture, I raised some doubts about the committee’s finding that torture had never been effective since 9/11. I suggested that the majority Democrats on the committee may have overstated their ...

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J Edgar Hoover RIP (Not)

We’ve known for a long time what a twisted, dangerous character J Edgar was, but this is incredible.  The FBI building by act of Congress bears his name.  A change in that name is long overdue.     Somebody needs ...

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Snowden and the Surveillance State

A combination of ambivalence and uncertainty has kept me up till now from posting  on the Snowden/NSA affair.  I was prompted to give some new thought to the matter by the latest issue of The  Nation, whose cover story/lead editorial reports ...

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