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Bravo Rand Paul – the only ‘No’ vote for new FBI Chief

Sen. Rand Paul was the only senator to vote against confirming James Comey as the new FBI director.  The final vote was 93 to 1 – so nobody was crowding Rand on the high ground. As the ACLU noted last month, “While Comey deserves credit for stopping an illegal spying program in dramatic fashion, he […]

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The Voting Rights Mirage

 The Washington Times, July 3, 2013 BOVARD: The voting rights mirage Satisfied to cast ballots, Americans stand idle while other freedoms are ravished by James Bovard Liberals are aghast at the Supreme Court ruling last week that struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg denounced the […]

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Federal Surveillance’s Threat to Security (2004)

My piece from the Foundation for Economic Education‘s Freeman, January 2004  “The more information government gathers on people, the more power it will have over them. The more power it has to monitor their peaceful activities, the more intimidated Americans will become.”  Federal Surveillance: The Threat to Americans’ Security More Information Equals More Power JANUARY […]

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Damndest Tweet Ever on a Government Killing

Man Killed During F.B.I. Inquiry Said to Have Been Violent nyti.ms/19rGZuV — The New York Times (@nytimes) May 31, 2013   This is the damndest Twitter headline I ever saw. “Said to have been violent” – who said it? We can’t tell you. Who killed him? It’s a secret. Why did the FBI totally change […]

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Will Congressional Republicans Ever Be Worth A Damn For Freedom?

The American Conservative posted online today my review of Jim Antle’s zippety new book, Devouring Freedom: Can Big Government Ever Be Stopped?.  Antle recognizes the peril of Leviathan and is fairly optimistic on what Republicans can become and achieve.  Here are a few of my lines from the review – which is posted in its […]

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More Bush-Inspired Epigrams for his Library Day

In honor of Bush’s library dedication today, here are some more epigrams he inspired from Terrorism & Tyranny (Palgrave, 2003) Killing foreigners is no substitute for protecting Americans. Habeas corpus is an insurance policy to prevent governments from going berserk. Perpetual war inevitably begets perpetual repression. It is impossible to destroy all alleged enemies of […]

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FBI: “A Stasi for America”

Following is a review essay I wrote for the American Conservative – A Stasi for America By James Bovard A ripple of protest swept across the Internet in late March after the disclosure that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was teaching its agents that “the FBI has the ability to bend or suspend the law […]

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