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The Hill: Will FISA Secrecy Doom Democracy?

The Hill, February 5, 2018 Will FISA Secrecy Doom Democracy? by James Bovard “Democracy Dies in the Darkness” is the proud motto of the Washington Post. But, considering the past week’s frenzy, the new motto for much of the media and many Democrats is, “Disclosure is the Death of Democracy.” Unfortunately, the uproar around the […]

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Wikileaks’ Julian Assange Deserves Medal of Freedom, Not Indictment

Journalist Martin Sieff asked my two cents on reports that the Trump administration may indict Julian Assange. Here’s my thoughts from his article this morning: Libertarian author and historian James Bovard told Sputnik that Assange should be praised, not prosecuted, for the services WikiLeaks has provided. “Instead of a criminal indictment, Assange deserves a Presidential Medal of Freedom,” […]

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USA TODAY: Trump Must Expose Obama-Era Power Grabs

USA TODAY: Trump must expose Obama-era power grabs: Column By James Bovard, January 6, 2017 Opening the books on the outgoing administration would be a booster shot for democracy. President-elect Donald Trump will face pervasive doubts about his legitimacy from the day he takes office. His opponents will likely portray him as governing in unprecedented […]

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Wash. Times: Hillary’s Anti-Transparency Bargain

Washington Times, October 27, 2016 Hillary’s Anti-Transparency Bargain by James Bovard President Obama recently condemned the Republican Party, claiming that its “central principle” is to suppress voting. But, while his administration piously pledges to protect voting rights, it has almost guaranteed that Americans will be blindfolded on Election Day. While the Justice Department will deploy […]

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My 2 Cents on Wikileaks, Clinton, & Watergate

I will be writing more about Wikileaks in the coming days and weeks.  But here are some preliminary observations from a recent Press TV monologue: The recent WikiLeaks disclosures about US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reveal the “shocking” calculations of her campaign… says an American analyst. “What WikiLeaks is providing, it’s showing to the […]

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FFF: Presidential Fear-Mongering versus Freedom

from the Future of Freedom Foundation – PRESIDENTIAL FEAR-MONGERING vs. FREEDOM by James Bovard After the San Bernardino massacre late last year, Barrack Obama made a rare speech from the Oval Office. His most memorable line was his declaration that “freedom is more powerful than fear.” That epigram might have made John F. Kennedy’s speechwriters […]

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Counterpunch: TSA’s Punitive Gitmo-style Groin Grinding

Counterpunch, March 23, 2016 TSA’s Punitive Gitmo-style Groin Grinding The Transportation Security Administration finally obeyed a 2011 federal court order March 3 and issued a 157 page Federal Register notice justifying its controversial full-body scanners and other checkpoint procedures. TSA’s notice ignored the fact that the “nudie” scanners are utterly unreliable; TSA failed to detect […]

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