|When I wrote earlier this week about Jane Mayer's New Yorker article on the Obama administration's war on whistleblowers, the passage I hailed as 'the single paragraph that best conveys the prime, enduring impact of the Obama presidency' included this observation from Yale Law Professor Jack Balkin: 'We are witnessing the bipartisan normalization and legitimization of a national-surveillance state.' There are three events -- all incredibly from the last 24 hours -- which not only prove how true that is, but vividly highlight how it functions and why it is so odious.
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I have a law degree (Stanford, 66') but have never practiced. Instead, from 1967 through 1977, I tried to contribute to the revolution in America. As unsuccessful as everyone else over that decade, in 1978 I went to work for the U.S. Forest (more...
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