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My 2006 FFF Articles on Surveillance Insanity

From the Future of Freedom Foundation website – BUSH’S WIRETAP CRIMES AND THE FISA FARCE by James Bovard March 1, 2006 President Bush proudly announced last December that he is violating federal law. He declared that in 2002 he had ordered the National Security Agency to begin conducting warrantless wiretaps and email intercepts on Americans. […]

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The Continuing Forfeiture Scourge

From the Future of Freedom Foundation‘s Future of Freedom magazine – THE CONTINUING FORFEITURE SCOURGE by James Bovard A federal crime wave is sweeping the nation, and prosecutors and G-men could not be happier about it. The Wall Street Journal reported that government “forfeiture programs confiscated homes, cars, boats, and cash in more than 15,000 cases [in 2010]. […]

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Italian Freedom Champion Bruno Leoni’s Centenary

This month is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Bruno Leoni, one of the most penetrating political thinkers of the post-World War Two era.  His 1961 book, Freedom and the Law, helped me get a handle on the perils of majority rule.  (E-text versions of that book are available free from the Liberty Fund […]

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Bush Betrayal Epigrams – in honor of Library Day

Down in Texas, the George W. Bush Library will be officially opened today.  In honor of the occasion, here’s a few epigrams from my 2004 book, The Bush Betrayal: Truth is a lagging indicator in politics. The arrogance of power is the best hope for the survival of freedom. The only way to reconcile the […]

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Boston: Death Sentence for Looking out Window?

Police were continually screaming “don’t look out the window!” during their sweep in Watertown last week. This photo shows what happens to folks who disobeyed that order. And here is a stunning video of how the raids were carried out. Maximum feasible intimidation… So our security now depends on permitting police to threaten to kill […]

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Waco 20 Years Ago: Hooligan Chapter on “Flummoxing the FBI”

Twenty years ago today, the FBI assaulted and demolished the Branch Davidians’ home outside of Waco, Texas.  That assault and the subsequent coverups helped redefine the relation of the federal government to the American people. I wrote about the attack in several books and in articles for the Wall Street Journal, Playboy, Washington Times, American […]

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Wash. Times: The ‘You Are the Government’ Canard

 Washington Times, April 15, 2013 BOVARD: The ‘you are the government’ canard Obama joins predecessors in blaming his overreach on us by James Bovard In his continuing campaign to subvert the Second Amendment, President Obama recently unveiled one of the oldest tricks in the demagogue playbook. Speaking in Colorado, he declared that since America is […]

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