Civil Liberties & Privacy

Bush Legacy: Less Freedom

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If anyone still looks to the Republican party of President George W. Bush for limits on government power, it’s long past time to look elsewhere. They certainly won’t be found among the Democrats either. But this is no reason for Pollyannaish rhapsodies about the Republicans, who are more offensive ... [click for more]

A Successful War Is Being Waged on the Bill of Rights

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Two years after launching of the War on Terrorism and the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the most successful war being waged by the United States seems to be against the U.S. Constitution, not terrorists. Although the war in Afghanistan removed the Taliban from power and damaged Osama bin Ladens al-Qaida ... [click for more]

Insanity Defense Has No Place in a Free Society

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John W. Hinckley Jr., who in 1982 was acquitted by reason of insanity in his attempt to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, has been granted court permission to have unsupervised visits with his parents. Hinckley has been held in St. Elizabeth’s Mental Hospital in Washington, D.C., for more than ... [click for more]

Judicial Blows against Military Tyranny

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Two U.S. courts of appeal have dealt severe blows to the Pentagon’s contempt for the U.S. Constitution and its assumption of dictatorial powers as part of its so-called war on terrorism. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered military officials either to release accused terrorist Jose Padilla, whom the ... [click for more]

Freedom without Due Process of Law?

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No American should be too enthusiastic about the Pentagon’s decision to permit accused terrorist Yaser Hamdi to speak to an attorney after some two years of incarceration in a military brig here in the United States. While some people might be tempted to be grateful to the Pentagon for ... [click for more]

Animal Rights Absurdity

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The “animal rights” group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sued fast-food-chain KFC last summer for allegedly misreporting the way it treats its chickens. PETA’s legal argument was that KFC was misleading the public, a valid complaint if true. But PETA’s broader objectives are not so sound. According ... [click for more]

The Washington Post’s Cave-In on Moussaoui

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In a major reversal of position, it seems that the Washington Post has abandoned its position that the Justice Department should remove Zacarias Moussaoui from the jurisdiction of a federal district court and transfer him to the control of U.S. military authorities for trial by military tribunal. ... [click for more]

Are Military Tribunals Worth Dying For?

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Despite the fact that the U.S. government so far is not applying military tribunals to U.S. citizens, the stakes have now gone up for the American people. What began as a life-and-death issue for the federal government’s detainees at Guantanamo Bay has now been converted into a life-and-death issue for the American people. For al-Qaeda ... [click for more]

Crossing the Rubicon

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Have you noticed how many Americans get upset over the comparisons that are increasingly being made between the United States and National Socialist Germany? After all, it’s not as though we’re living in a police state, right? Well, if U.S. officials could somehow assure us that the U.S. government’s treatment ... [click for more]

Celebrating the Fourth of July

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Let’s not mince words: The “freedom” that Americans celebrate today is opposite to the freedom that Americans celebrated on, say, July 4, 1890. Think about it: In 1890, Americans were celebrating a way of life in which there was no income tax, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, drug war, gun control, ... [click for more]

What’s Happened to America?

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Who says the government schools and the welfare state don’t work? They work perfectly. They were designed to put the American people into a political coma, and that’s what they’ve done. The objective would never be framed that way. The politicians would say that the purpose was to create ... [click for more]

Drugged Up on Power

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Congress, pushed by a president who clearly intends to get reelected partly by stealing the Democrats’ ideas, is moving toward expanding Medicare to include prescription drugs. That may be good news for win-at-any-price Republicans, but it’s bad news for sound medical care, and, more important, for individual liberty. Here’s ... [click for more]
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