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Comey, the FBI, and FISA: The Debacle is Now Undeniable

The secret FISA court today publicly condemned the FBI lies that resulted in nuclear-powered surveillance warrants targeting the Trump campaign. “The frequency with which representations made by F.B.I. personnel turned out to be unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession, and with which they withheld information detrimental to their case, calls into question whether […]

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USA TODAY: Another FBI FISA Fiasco Proves Need for Radical Reform

usatoday.com, December 10, 2019 Inspector General report on FBI’s FISA abuse tells us one thing: We need radical reform. by James Bovard In a bombshell report yesterday, the Justice Department Inspector General found that the Federal Bureau of Investigation made “fundamental errors” and persistently deceived a secret court to authorize surveilling a 2016 Trump presidential […]

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Ruby Ridge and Deval Patrick: The 542 Page DOJ Report Patrick Scorned

In my USA Today piece on Deval Patrick, I mentioned the 542 page confidential Justice Department task force report on Ruby Ridge which was compiled after an Idaho jury trounced the FBI and Justice Department in the Randy Weaver trial. Patrick dismissed the findings of that report and exonerated the FBI, helping spur widespread fears […]

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Cartoonist Gahan Wilson, R.I.P.

OK, so maybe I didn’t read many of the articles in my father’s copies of Playboy in the 1960s and early 1970s, but I always read the cartoons. My favorite cartoonist was Gahan Wilson, who passed away earlier this week at the age of 89. Wilson’s cartoons combined brilliant wit and a great Bullshit Detector. […]

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American Foreign Policy: Idiocy or Perfidy?

American Conservative Idiocy or Perfidy? How We Get Hooked on Foreign Democracy Crusades Ted Carpenter’s new book raises important questions about who is wagging who. By James Bovard • October 2, 2019 Official White House Photo by Pete Souza Gullible Superpower: U.S. Support For Bogus Foreign Democratic Movements by Ted Galen Carpenter, 2019, Cato Institute, […]

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The Sham of Government Secrecy

The Sham of Government Secrecy by James Bovard The Supreme Court in June ruled that the federal government can keep secret the food-stamp sales totals of grocery stores. By a 6 to 3 vote, the Court declared that such business records are exempt from disclosure under the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This case, […]

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USA Today: The Corrupt Cop the Media Painted as a Savior

USA Today, August 30, 2019 You may have seen him on a prayer candle, but James Comey is no saint by James Bovard New revelations have made clear the conclusion many of us had already come to: James Comey was a reckless and untrustworthy FBI director. Since President Trump fired FBI director James Comey in […]

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