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USA Today: Trump’s Fearmongering is White House Tradition

USA Today, February 8, 2017 Hey, wait a minute, Trump’s fear-mongering isn’t new by James Bovard Stoking public fear is a bipartisan White House tradition to boost presidential power. President Trump is being reviled for wildly exaggerating the peril of Muslim refugees. Some commentators fret that his rhetoric signals a new fascist era descending on […]

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My 2008 FFF Speech: Bush’s War on Civil Liberties – Transcript

The Future of Freedom Foundation is producing transcripts from its 2007 and 2008 conferences.  Following is the text of my speech at their June 2008 conference,  “Restoring the Republic 2008: Foreign Policy & Civil Liberties” held in Reston, Virginia.  My opening bit about having lunch with Homeland Security czar Mike Chertoff and getting the scoop on […]

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My 2003 piece: Surveillance State – from American Conservative

Here’s a 2003 piece from the American Conservative on out-of-control government surveillance. This was the first piece I wrote for them (the magazine was launched the previous Fall).  The editing process went more smoothly with subsequent pieces I wrote for them. 🙂 My original final paragraph: Three months after 9/11, Ashcroft announced: “To those who […]

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Alexander Cockburn, RIP

Alexander Cockburn, one of the best and most courageous writers of our time, has passed away after a two year fight with cancer.  I was a huge fan of his writings from the Kosovo/Serbian war onwards. He saw through and skewered the Clinton/Albright BS on that disgraceful, unprovoked NATO aggression as well as anybody.  I […]

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Patriot Act and Attention Deficit Democracy

The Campaign for Liberty reposted this 2006 article of mine today, so, what the heck – I’ll pile on. The Patriot Act and Attention Deficit Democracy By James Bovard The American political system failed when Congress and the media recently rolled over in favor of extending the most onerous provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act. […]

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