Like the McCarthy Era, Except for Everything

By: Sunday April 13, 2014 12:45 pm

I thought I was done writing about Jonathan Chait’s efforts to stupid up America’s conversation on race last week, but clearly I underestimated the man. Over the weekend his publication went live with a long piece on the subject, and on his blog he continued to type words at critics.


US Agencies Put Together ‘McCarthy-esque’ List With Americans’ Personal Data to Find ‘Untrustworthy’ Workers

By: Thursday November 14, 2013 12:26 pm

Thousands of Americans had their personal data passed on to US agencies like the Central Intelligence Agency, Internal Revenue Service and National Security Agency as part of an effort to uncover “untrustworthy federal workers,” according to a new report from McClatchy Newspapers.

‘You Failed to Break the Spirit of Bradley Manning’: An Open Letter to President Obama

By: Thursday August 22, 2013 5:12 pm

Dear President Obama:

As commander in chief, you’ve been responsible for the treatment of the most high-profile whistleblower in the history of the U.S. armed forces. Under your command, the United States military tried — and failed — to crush the spirit of Bradley Manning.

60 Years On: The Rosenberg Case and Constructive Revenge

By: Wednesday June 19, 2013 1:55 pm

We are Robert and Jenn Meeropol, son and granddaughter of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. We are acutely aware of the political lessons to be drawn from the conviction and execution of the Rosenbergs (60 years ago today) at the height of the McCarthy period. The charge was conspiracy to commit espionage, but our family members were presented as traitors who gave the Soviet Union the secret of the atomic bomb.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Dina Hampton, Little Red: Three Passionate Lives Through the Sixties and Beyond

By: Saturday May 18, 2013 1:59 pm

Dina Hampton does something unique in writing about the history, meaning and legacy of the 1960s in the United States. She gives us intimate portraits of three very different people whose lives were forged in the red hot political cauldron of that era: the Communist Party champion of Black Power, Angela Davis; the New Left firebrand, Tom Hurwitz; and the neo-conservative advocate of unbridled American power, Elliott Abrams. Her three subjects, fascinatingly, all attended at the same time the Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School, collectively known as Little Red.

Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been A Muslim In America?

By: Friday December 17, 2010 3:20 pm

Rep. Peter King will hold hearings on “the radicalization” of American Muslims when he gets his gavel for the House’s homeland-security committee. Framing the question that way predetermines its outcome: millions of Americans will be presumptively guilty of drifting into fellow-traveling with al-Qaeda. But King is right that even a statistically miniscule rise in homegrown terrorism deserves thorough analysis. The question is how real King will allow his hearings to get.

The Next Attack: Bush Flunkies Go After Holder over 2004 Amicus Brief in Padilla Case

By: Thursday March 11, 2010 6:09 am

The next attack the McCarthyites have planned is on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, for once saying in an amicus curiae brief that it’s possible following the Constitution will make it harder to detain potential terrorists.

Lindsey Graham: For McCarthyism Before He Was Against It

By: Wednesday March 10, 2010 4:45 pm

Though in recent days Lindsey Graham has come out against Liz Cheney’s McCarthyism, he was one of the Republicans who started this whole witch hunt last November by signing a letter (authored by Chuck Grassley) asking for a details on those who had defended detainees in the past.

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