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  • TomPaine.com
    Monday, September 11, 2006

    Thinking Beyond the Violence
    By Aziz Huq

    September 11, 2006
  • Congress returns from recess this month to confront fundamental questions presented by the president’s five-year long global “war on terrorism.” On the table is nothing less than the future scope of presidential power, with battles looming over military trials, detainee treatment, and domestic surveillance. In the past several months, courts have dealt the administration a series of setbacks on these issues. Undeterred, the president intends to reverse those defeats by asking lawmakers for even greater authority. The ball is now in their court.

    September 5, 2006
  • The Syracuse Post-Standard
    September 3, 2006

    Court Needs Racial Diversity
    By Lauren Jones

    A little-known issue in this year’s gubernatorial race could have an impact long after the next governor’s term expires. In his first year in office, the next governor will appoint three judges to the seven-member Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, giving him the ability to shape the judicial branch for years.

    September 3, 2006
  • Within hours of her decision to hold the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program unconstitutional, Judge Anna Diggs Taylor was subjected to relentless personal criticism. Even in the mainstream press, she has been accused of "pos[ing] for the cameras" (the Wall Street Journal), charged with "blithely ignoring [her] own obligations" (The New York Times) and dismissed as having produced merely unscholarly "angry rhetoric" (The Washington Post). Such deeply personal invective directed at Judge Taylor drowned out commentary either applauding or disputing the merits of the decision.

    August 30, 2006
  • TomPaine.com
    Wednesday, August 30, 2006

    The Warrant’s Out On Judges

    By Aziz Huq and James Sample

    August 30, 2006
  • Terrorism penetrates the psyche by being unpredictable. Terrorists rely not only on the element of surprise but also on a second-level uncertainty to strike so deep: The difficulty of knowing exactly who the terrorist might be. Background is no guide. Many of the 9-11 plotters had tertiary educations. Others, like the self-starting (and foiled) millennium bomber and former petty thief Ahmed Ressam, came from the social margins. Ethnic profiling, proposed again recently by New York Representative Peter King, hardly works. The July 2005 London attackers and the recent High Wycombe arrestees both defied racial stereotypes. Any halfway calculating terrorist group, moreover, will simply work around ethnic profiling.

    August 28, 2006
  • TomPaine.com

    Published 8/24/2006

    Race And The Right To Vote

    By Neil Weare and Erika Wood

    August 24, 2006
  • The partisan posturing began within hours of reports the British had arrested 20-odd suspects in connection with an alleged terrorist conspiracy to blow up passenger airplanes. Arrests were made in the U.K, not the U.S. The plot was hatched in the U.K. and Pakistan.

    August 17, 2006
  • Prices Versus Wages: A False Dichotomy

    August 12, 2006

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