Future of Freedom Foundation Beltway Baloney on “Speaking Truth to Power” by James Bovard Lying and piety go together in Washington like ham and eggs. After 9/11, a profusion of government falsehoods on Iraq and other topics ravaged official credibility. The political class responded with an endless profusion of promises to “speak truth to power.” […]
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Future of Freedom Foundation James Comey and the Unending Bush Torture Scandal by James Bovard The vast regime of torture created by the Bush administration after the 9/11 attacks continues to haunt America. The political class and most of the media have never dealt honestly with the profound constitutional corruption that such practices inflicted. Instead, […]
Mises Institute, June 28, 2018 The Time the Media Cheered Gestapo Immigration Tactics by James Bovard Every Trump voter is effectively “standing at the border, like Nazis, going ‘you here, you here,’” MSNBC guest Danny Deutsch declared on Friday. Former CIA Director Michael Hayden also compared the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown with Nazi concentration camps. The […]
USA TODAY, May 16, 2018 Spare me claims Gina Haspel will ‘speak truth to power’. Real truth-tellers go to jail. by James Bovard Gina Haspel and other intelligence leaders all have shady pasts but real truth-tellers get disgraced. In the Senate Intelligence Committee secret vote today on whether to confirm Trump nominee Gina Haspel as chief of […]
The Hill, May 9, 2017 Washington secrecy is creating a know-nothing democracy by James Bovard Washington may be more secretive nowadays than at any time in recent decades. Federal policymakers have become accustomed to rationing what they release while citizens are assured that official secrecy makes them more secure. But American democracy cannot survive perpetual […]
Mises Institute, May 1, 2018 James Comey’s Forgotten Rescue of Bush-Era Torture by James Bovard In Washington, writing emails is “close enough for government work” to convey sainthood. “Here I stand, I can do no other,” James Comey told President George W. Bush in 2004 when Bush pressured Comey – who was then Deputy Attorney […]
When someone asked me to name the biggest U.S. government boondoggle I had seen, I leaped at the chance to flog torture. From my Friday presentation to the Mises Institute conference – Here’s a link to many of the articles I have written on torture since 9/11.