Archive for the 'Civil-Liberties' Category

Targeted Killing Of Civilians

CATO Unbound runs a monthly debate where a position is taken, and experts throughout are allowed to rebut and debate the point. This months topic is The Targeted Killing Of Civilians And The Rule Of Law.

Should be interesting.

Rand Paul On The Patriot Act

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xu9U728iYpw&feature=player_embedded]

A must watch.

Quote Of The Day

“I have mixed feelings about a lot of different aspects of this, but there are two key points. One is that the leaker here (presumably Bradley Manning, but that’s not yet been proven in a court of law) has broken the law and needs to be punished. The other is that the ability to republish leaked secrets is integral to the operation of a free press. Creating a new standard of harassing not leakers, but the publishers of leaks, is a very dangerous precedent whose implications go far beyond whatever you may think of the particular circumstances.” — Matthew Yglesias

Greenwald vs Frum

I am admittedly weak on foreign policy and as of late I have been trying to catch up. I just finished Noam Chomsky’s book, Failed States and have tried to get my hands on as many debates as possible. So you can imagine my excitement when I found out that two of my favorite bloggers, David Frum and Glenn Greenwald, were doing a bloggingheads together. Both represent intelligently opposite sides of the political spectrum.

On my bicycle ride home today I was able to listen to the full discussion. Though it wasn’t as disagreeable as I expected, the ending of it does touch on important civil-liberty issues and gets to alot of the heart of the disagreement.

The full discussion is worth your time but if you could only listen to one section, I recommend the last ten minutes which I have cut below.

Quote Of The Day

“Then there is the even more significant fact that what were once viewed as controversial right-wing, Bush/Cheney Terrorism policies have been transformed, under Obama, into bipartisan consensus.  Whereas the vast majority of Democrats spent the last eight years claiming to vehemently oppose policies such as indefinite detention, military commissions, and secrecy claims, they now actively defend them or (at best) remain meekly silent because it’s now their political party, rather than the GOP, that is responsible for them.  By embracing as his own many of the very policies he vowed to uproot, Obama has gutted the core of public opposition to those policies.  Is it really a surprise, then, that public opinion on these questions has worsened under Obama” — Glenn Greenwald, arguing that Obama has moved public opinion in support of civil-liberty violations

Quote Of The Day

“You thought Guantanamo and phone tapping was bad when Bush was president. Here’s Greenwald on Obama’s assassination orders on a US citizen. The target and his family say the charges against him are completely false. But “officials” say he’s guilty. So no need for courts any more. These are probably the same officials that told us about WMD.” — Jon, commenter and friend who blogs at Evangelical Agnosticism