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Category: National Security

Cronyism Is Sinking the Ship of State

by Margie Burns | Oct 15, 2005 | Foreign Policy, National Security

With his nomination of Harriet Miers to be a Justice of the Supreme Court, George W. Bush has demonstrated once again that he is running a patronage operation in the White House. For high-level jobs with our government, only close friends or fellow ideologues need apply. The result of this mindless favoritism has been a […]

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Hurricane Katrina: Destroying Lives, Destroying Illusions

by WS Editors | Sep 15, 2005 | Environment, National Security

The flood is receding from the streets of New Orleans, but the Crescent City and the wider Gulf Coast of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama will be prostrate for the foreseeable future. At press time, the mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, has “strongly encouraged” all remaining residents to leave the city to escape the threat […]

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Cindy Sheehan’s Texas Vigil

by Tom Engelhardt | Sep 1, 2005 | Foreign Policy, National Security

During our short August break, we were transfixed by the televised images of Cindy Sheehan and her vigil near the president’s home in Crawford, Texas. We asked our friend, the political observer Tom Engelhardt, to sum up this development for our readers. Engelhardt, who runs the Nation Institute’s Tomdispatch.com website, is the author of The End of Victory […]

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Pruning the Patriot Act | Unpopularity Contest | P.B.S. Reprieve | Tongues Wag in Congress

by WS Editors | Jul 1, 2005 | National Security, Politics

A Patriotic House—Well, sort of. The House of Representatives voted to strike Section 215 from the notoriously nosy USA Patriot Act, thereby barring searches by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies of citizens’ public library records. The American Library Association says it has found 200 cases in which law enforcement officials made requests for […]

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Destroying the Fillibuster in Order to Save It | In Defense of Anonymous Sources

by WS Editors | Jun 15, 2005 | Legal Affairs, National Security

Filibusters Are Busted—In our June 1 FYI we said they weren’t. But then, under a bipartisan agreement, Senate Democrats voluntarily backed down on the decision to filibuster the confirmation of several appellate court judges. The Senate confirmed the judgeships of two conservative women, Janice Rogers Brown, an African-American Justice on the California Supreme Court, and Priscilla R. Owen of […]

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