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The DSK Case Takes More Unexpected Turns

In an interview with Spain’s El Público, I discuss the latest reversals in the case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn: Why is the District Attorney trying to secure a reduced-charge guilty plea?…

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Unredacting “The Interrogator”

In June 2006, Ron Suskind’s best-selling book The One Percent Doctrine created ripples by reporting the success of a massive intelligence operation launched by the United States to cripple Al…

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The Interrogator: Six Questions for Glenn Carle

A career clandestine-services officer in the CIA, Glenn Carle drew an unusual assignment in the fall of 2002. He was sent to serve as the case officer of an Afghan…

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Did the Bush Administration Use the CIA to Attack a Domestic Critic?

James Risen reports in the New York Times about a White House–instigated effort to use the CIA to attack a prominent academic critic of its Middle East policies, Professor Juan…

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Prosecution of NSA Whistleblower Collapses

The Obama Administration’s highly touted effort to prosecute Thomas A. Drake, a former senior National Security Agency official, for violations of the Espionage Act due to his disclosure of pervasive…

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Outsourcing War and Peace: Six Questions for Laura Dickinson

Waging war and engaging in diplomacy would generally be reckoned among the most important powers of any sovereign. Yet as Laura Dickinson argues in her new book, Outsourcing War and…

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No Blood, No Foul

In the period immediately following the publication in 2004 of photographs from Abu Ghraib, the Department of Defense pledged to fully investigate every allegation of prisoner mistreatment. By 2006, the…

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Congress and the War Powers

When the 112th Congress convened on January 3rd, the new Republican leadership made a great show of respecting the Constitution. In the House, the text of the Constitution was read,…

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Pakistan: A Hard Country: Six Questions for Anatol Lieven

Journalist turned foreign-affairs analyst Anatol Lieven has Pakistan in his bones. Descended from civil servants and officers in British India, one of whom fought in the rugged North-West Frontier, he…

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The DOJ and the Ensign-Hampton Affair

Yesterday, the Senate Ethics Committee released the fruits of its long-anticipated investigation into senator John Ensign (R., Nev.), who resigned last month in order to avoid being deposed by the…

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The Bin Laden Photos

President Barack Obama’s decision not to release photographs of Osama bin Laden’s corpse has been justified in practical terms, as well as in terms of military honor. “It is very…

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The Mosaic Philosophy at Gitmo

On March 17, 2009, Lawrence Wilkerson, a retired Army colonel who served as Colin Powell’s right-hand at the State Department, penned a short piece for the Washington Note. “There are…

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The Times’s Guantánamo Skew

Sunday evening, WikiLeaks published a number of new Guantánamo-related government documents, putting the spotlight back on detention policies at the military prison, and on the unsettled questions surrounding the deaths…

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Johnson – The Vanity of Human Wishes

Let Observation with extensive View, Survey Mankind, from China to Peru; Remark each anxious Toil, each eager Strife, And watch the busy Scenes of crouded Life; Then say how Hope…

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Barth – Standing with the Downtrodden

In diesem Zusammenhang wird es nun wichtig, daß als das Volk, dem Gott sich in seiner Gerechtigkeit als Helfer und Retter zuwendet, im Alten Testament durchweg das bedrängte, unterdrückte, recht-…

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One Nation Under Contract: Six Questions for Allison Stanger

Under Ronald Reagan and each of the presidents who followed him, America went on a privatization rampage. At some point, the privatization turned increasingly to core governmental functions: railroads and…

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Madison, Corporations, and the National Security State

In Citizens United, Justice Anthony Kennedy musters James Madison in support of a decision striking down congressional efforts to limit corporate electioneering. Whatever the merits of the opinion itself, Kennedy…

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Public Events in Tuscaloosa and Madison

On Thursday, April 14, from 5–7 p.m., I’ll be delivering a Liberty and Power Lecture at the University of Alabama Law School in Tuscaloosa. My subject is “James Madison, Corporations,…

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Tomorrow Night: Who Killed Natasha?

On Wednesday, April 13, from 6–8 p.m., please join us for a screening of “Who Killed Natasha?” at the IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue, in New York. The film, by…

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Justice Goes to Not-War

In 2004, a group of prominent alumni of the Justice Department’s once-prestigious Office of Legal Counsel, shaken by disclosure of the torture memoranda and other evidence of unethical conduct within…

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More on JSOC’s Secret Prisons in Afghanistan

In an important report for the Associated Press, Kimberley Dozier writes: “Black sites,” the secret network of jails that grew up after the Sept. 11 attacks, are gone. But suspected…

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Stiglitz on the One Percent Nation

Writing in Vanity Fair, economist Joseph Stiglitz reminds us that, as crowds across the Middle East decry kleptocratic elites, a dramatic social transformation has taken place in the United States.…

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Al-Shabi – To the Tyrants of the World

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Constant – The Faulty Judgment of the Powerful

Il y a dans le pouvoir quelque chose qui fausse plus ou moins le jugement. Les chances d’erreur de la force sont multipliées que celles de la faiblesse. La force…

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The Supreme Court Stands Tall for Misbehaving Prosecutors

Can prosecutors press a criminal case against a man by suppressing the existence of forensic evidence that shows him to be innocent, without themselves being held accountable? “Yes,” says the…

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America and the Arab Revolution of 2011

Did the Bush Doctrine help provoke the Arab Revolution of 2011? Yes. But not in the way that Bill Kristol and Charles Krauthammer think. My remarks to a conference at…

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Capital Offense: Six Questions for Michael Hirsh

Michael Hirsh, the longtime economics correspondent for Newsweek , now serves as chief correspondent for National Journal. In his new book, Capital Offense: How Washington’s Wise Men Turned America’s Future…

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Public Events at Harvard and Duke

Tomorrow, Thursday, March 24, at 5:00 p.m., I will have a public conversation with Daniel Ellsberg entitled “Wikileaks and the Pentagon Papers: Government Secrets and the Public’s Right to Know”…

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