Commentary

  • Posted 1/10/2006

    “Patriot Act” Renewal Stalls in Congress

    by Neema Trivedi

    INTRODUCTION

    January 10, 2006
  • Chicago Tribune
    Monday, January 2, 2006

    How much? How long? And from whom?
    Making Wise Judgments on Intelligence Gathering

    By Fritz Schwarz

    Too much information is collected [from too many] for too long.”

    January 2, 2006
  • TomPaine.com
    Thursday, December 22, 2005

    The Freewheeling Executive
    By Aziz Huq

    December 22, 2005
  • Tompaine.com

    Monday, December 19, 2005

    License to Spy

    By Aziz Huq

    “Mr. President, it is time to have checks and balances in this country. So spoke Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, as he filibustered reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT Acts surveillance provisions. It was The New York Times revelation that the National Security Agency, or NSA, was eavesdropping on telephone calls and e-mails far beyond its long-standing watch on foreign entities that so provoked Sen. Leahy.

    December 19, 2005
  • Everybody but Dick Cheney knows it: America has a Guantnamo problem. While Vice President Dick Cheney continues to insist that Guantnamos detainees are the worst of a very bad lot, the rest of the world sees the Cuban prison as a symbol of hubris and a rallying cry for Al Qaeda. Calling the camp an anomaly that has to be dealt with, even staunch administration ally Tony Blair has joined the worldwide chorus pressing the Bush administration to solve Guantnamo.

    December 15, 2005
  • The Star-Ledger
    Monday, November 14, 2005

    U.S. Must Not Repeal a Basic Right
    By Jonathan Hafetz

    With scant debate, the Senate voted on Thursday to step into ongoing cases and short-circuit court review of the detentions at Guantnamo. Buried in the fine-print of a giant defense authorization bill, the measure would violate basic constitutional principles and tarnish our image as a country founded on the rule of law.

    November 14, 2005
  • A lawyer looks at French heretics, Moscow show trials, Nuremberg prosecutions, and more. Aziz Huq talks to Sadakat Kadri, author of "The Trial: A History, from Socrates to O.J. Simpson."

    November 9, 2005
  • Albany Times Union

    Published 10/4/2005

    Free Speech an Important Cornerstone

    By Neema Trivedi & Marjorie Heins

    Something deeply un-American has just happened in New York. After a long and careful process in which citizens helped select four cultural institutions to be present at the World Trade Center memorial site, Gov. George Pataki has unilaterally silenced free speech at ground zero.

    October 4, 2005
  • Tram Nguygen's new book about post-9-11 immigration enforcement makes an important contribution to the debate about the balance of rights and security. She examines counterterrorism strategies from a perspective often discounted in the formulation of national policy: that of those who most often find themselves at the wrong end of a gun barrel.

    September 30, 2005
  • September 15, 2005

    A NEW USE FOR “INDECENCY”?

    by Marjorie Heins

    Does the giant size of media corporations lead to more raunchy shows on radio and television? A study released last week reported a strong correlation between increasingly consolidated media ownership and increased “indecency” findings by the Federal Communications Commission. In fact, the study found that the FCC levied 90% of all indecency fines against three of the four biggest companies in the business - Clear Channel, Viacom, and Entercom.

    September 15, 2005

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