E.O. 12333: End-Running the Fourth Amendment

By: Monday September 22, 2014 10:14 am

The most egregious example of word-twisting and sleazy legal manipulations to morph illegal government spying under the Fourth Amendment into topsy-turvy quasi-legal spying is the use of Executive Order 12333, E.O. 12333, what the spooks call “twelve triple three.” The Order dates from 1981, signed by Ronald Reagan to buff up what his predecessors limited in response to overzealous law enforcement activities. The Gipper would be mighty proud that his perhaps most lasting accomplishment was legalizing surveillance of every American citizen.

 

Late Night: If Not Now, When?

By: Thursday July 10, 2014 8:00 pm

I know that for many years, Israel has served as a necessary evil for the American foreign policy elite; when you want somebody to help in any nefarious pursuit, they’ve always been mensches. Reagan tapped them for arms sales, Nixon for war support, and everyone else for Police State pointers. But really, is it worth it anymore?

President Obama Makes Ronald Reagan Proud

By: Sunday April 14, 2013 11:00 am

President Obama and his inner Ronald Reagan protect the rich from the possibility of a dent in their wealth and power.

You may have heard of this guy

By: Monday February 7, 2011 1:30 am

A well-timed salute to treating labor badly.

President Obama’s Christmas Reading List

By: Friday December 24, 2010 10:30 am

I never believed for an instant that George W. Bush was reading all the books Karl Rove wanted us to think he was reading, so the “holiday Presidential reading list” genre always has to be taken with a grain of salt. But still…

The Orange Glow of a well-orchestrated “Aktion”

By: Thursday October 28, 2010 1:30 am

Just remember he’s not an actual Nazi, he’s just a Nazi-enthusiast.

Cannabis Reconsidered: From Escalating Punishment to Minimizing Harm

By: Monday September 20, 2010 3:10 pm

If we all stand together, we can turn around a horrific status-quo by putting cannabis in the realm of health, not law enforcement. Persuade our community leaders to stand up and speak for humanity and humane practices. For voters unsure of the result of legalization, let’s demand an immediate cease fire in the War on Drugs, to show that all hell will not break loose.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Campbell Craig and Fred Logevall, America’s Cold War: The Politics of Insecurity

By: Sunday April 25, 2010 2:00 pm

[Welcome authors, Campbell Craig and Fred Logevall, Hosted by Jeremi Suri] [As a courtesy to our guests, please keep comments to the book.  Please take other conversations to a previous thread.   - bev] Craig and Logevall, America’s Cold War America’s Cold War is a powerful and provocative book written by two very talented historians. Campbell [...]

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Will Bunch: Tear Down This Myth

By: Sunday March 1, 2009 2:00 pm

“Will Bunch is writing a book.” When I heard those words a few years back from progressive polymath and all-around great gal Jen Nix I started getting excited. I only knew Will in passing at that time, an email between us here and there perhaps.

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