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Beat the Devil

Alexander Cockburn

The NSA's use of artificial intelligence for "data-mining" surveillance is not only constitutionally illegal, but a technological fantasy. Why aren't the Democrats challenging it?

Nicholas Kristof produces a steady stream of titillating reports on
child prostitution in the Third World. Better to focus on draconian
economic reforms driven by the World Bank that create the conditions
for prostitution.

The FBI was probably tapping Edward Said's phone right up until the day
he died. Details are emerging of a surveillance effort that extended
for nearly thirty years.

2005 added up to this: No credibility for the President, or for the Democrats, or for the New York Times, which took a year to figure out whether the Constitution is worth fighting for. 2006 should be exciting.

Bush brings a robust simplicity to the business of news
management: Where possible, buy journalists to turn out favorable
stories. And if you think you can get away with it, shoot them or blow
them up.

The truth about the Iraq war may be clear to John Murtha and 60 percent
of the American people, but not to the three Democratic senators
interested in becoming President in 2008.

Shades of Iran/contra: Since the indictment of I. Lewis Libby,
Washington is abuzz about presidential pardons. If officials who
violate the law and lie about it know with certainty the will escape
legal sanction, we no longer have a government.

On Capitol Hill there's open warfare among various factions of the
Republican Party. With midterm elections looming and Bush's approval
ratings tumbling, the collapse of discipline will only accelerate amid
the general panic.

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Alexander Cockburn
Alexander Cockburn, The Nation's "Beat the Devil" columnist and one...

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