Civil Liberties & Privacy

The Imperial President’s Toolbox of Terror

“When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.”—Richard Nixon Presidents don’t give up power. Executive orders don’t expire at the end of each presidential term. And every successive occupant of the Oval Office since George Washington, who issued the first executive order, has expanded the reach and power of the presidency. The Constitution invests the ... [click for more]

Americans Toss Lady Liberty Overboard during Crises

Americans take great pride in their country’s commitment to the values enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. At the top of that list are the rights enumerated in the first ten amendments to the Constitution — the Bill of Rights. Americans are fond of contrasting the protections that freedom of speech, due process of law, equal ... [click for more]

Press About Oliver Stone-Peter Kuznick-Jeremy Scahill FFF Panel at SFL Conference

The following is a list of articles written about the FFF panel at the Students for Liberty conference in Washington, D.C., on February 14-16, 2014. The panel consisted of Oliver Stone, the Academy Award Winning Hollywood director, Peter Kuznick, Stone's collaborator on their Showtime series "Untold History," and Jeremy Scahill, whose film "Dirty Wars" received an Academy Award nomination ... [click for more]

TGIF: Heroic

Bradley Manning (who wishes to be known as Chelsea Manning) sure was naïve. During the sentencing phase of Manning’s court martial, Alexa O’Brien reports, a forensic psychiatrist said, Well, Pfc Manning was under the impression that his leaked information was going to really change how the world views the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and future ... [click for more]

TGIF: The Phony Trade-off between Privacy and Security

Most people take it for granted — because they’ve heard it so many times from politicians and pundits — that they must trade some privacy for security in this dangerous world. The challenge, we’re told, is to find the right “balance.” Let’s examine this. On its face the idea seems reasonable. I can imagine hiring a firm to look after ... [click for more]

The Outrage of Stop-and-Frisk

As the subject of an ongoing trial in federal court, Floyd, et al. v. City of New York, et al., the controversial police policy known as “stop and frisk” is receiving more attention than perhaps at any other moment in its history. For most of that time — and indeed it is difficult to know exactly how long the ... [click for more]
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