Category Archives: Politics

On Ending The Surveillance State

Some fresh musings on Medium. 

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Will The Real Eric Holder Please Stand Up

From the AP on May 14: The Justice Department says Attorney General Eric Holder removed himself from a decision to subpoena phone records of The Associated Press. A Justice Department statement Tuesday says that Holder stepped aside — a procedure … Continue reading

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“An Almost Mystical Reverence”

Former Republican Budget Committee staffer Mike Lofgren, commenting on what I call “The Cult Of The National Security State” in HuffPo today: Based on my almost three decades on Capitol Hill, most of them involved in defense budgeting, I can … Continue reading

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Ignored And Irrelevant

The NYT today, describing the state of Congress and foreign policy making: In the Obama administration, however, foreign policy has been set mainly in the White House, which shows little interest in congressional prerogatives; transparency has been less than promised … Continue reading

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Sequestration: A National Security Nightmare

Cross posted from Annandale Patch.

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Liberals, Obama And The Lessons Of History

Former Bush and Obama aide Douglas Ollivant has a reminder in today’s NYT on what really matters in the executive powers debate over drones, etc.: For four years, Mr. Obama has benefited at least in part from the reluctance of … Continue reading

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Assassination-By-Drone: Symptom Of A Disease

Although I’ve been pleased by all of the recent drone-related media coverage driven by the leaked DoJ memo and the CIA director confirmation hearing for John Brennan, I’ve also been concerned that the larger issue has been absent from the … Continue reading

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