Editorials

  • Targeted killings: they are too secret

    Editorials, Op-Eds January 28, 2013 at 0 comments

    Source: Los Angeles Times. The administration should spell out criteria for the assassination of suspected terrorists abroad.

     
  • Exposing Uncle Sam’s Internet snooping

    Editorials, Op-Eds January 15, 2013 at 0 comments

    Source: Washington Times. Uncle Sam is looking for ways to sharpen his watchful gaze. In the name of fighting terrorism, federal agencies can have a hard time distinguishing the line between legitimate surveillance and unlawful spying. Fortunately, a court ruling on the public’s right to know may brighten that line. Loss of hard-won liberty ought not be the price for keeping Americans safe.

     
  • Interrogating Brennan

    Editorials, Op-Eds January 9, 2013 at 0 comments

    Source: LA Times. Senators should use the confirmation hearings to press Brennan to expand on his public statements about how targeted killings are subjected to “rigorous standards and process of review.” Too little is known about how those standards are applied to this troubling practice, and by whom. Brennan’s confirmation hearings could provide greater clarity — if the Senate is willing to be more than a rubber stamp.

     
  • Rights and the ‘war on terror’

    Editorials, Op-Eds January 6, 2013 at 0 comments

    Source: LA Times. The defense authorization bill isn’t the only example of congressional and presidential indifference to civil-liberties concerns raised by the “war on terror.” Congress and the president have yet to reestablish the proper balance between national security and civil liberties.

     
  • Privacy in the information age

    Editorials, Op-Eds December 30, 2012 at 0 comments

    Source: LA Times. If a law enforcement agency wants to examine your snail mail or the contents of your computer hard drive, it must obtain a search warrant, which means it must convince a judge that there is probable cause that a crime has been committed. But no warrant is required to obtain email or documents you have stored in a computer “cloud” so long as they are 180 days old.

     
  • The Dawning of Domestic Drones

    Editorials, Op-Eds December 25, 2012 at 0 comments

    Source: NYT. The unmanned aircraft that most people associate with hunting terrorists and striking targets in Pakistan are on the brink of evolving into a big domestic industry. It is not a question of whether drones will appear in the skies above the United States but how soon.

     
  • Abdullah Kidd’s ordeal

    Editorials, Op-Eds October 9, 2012 at 0 comments

    Source; LA Times. In the aftermath of 9/11, the federal government allowed its anxiety about possible future attacks to overwhelm its commitment to due process and the rule of law. An early manifestation of that overreaction was the rounding up of Arab and Muslim men on the pretext of holding them as potential witnesses at the trials of others.

     
  • A Post-9/11 Conundrum

    Editorials, Op-Eds September 13, 2012 at 0 comments

    Source: NYT. For 11 years, Americans have struggled to reach a sensible legal balance that protects both national security and civil liberties — an existential challenge made harder by the last president’s wild excesses and abuses of power in the name of combating terrorism. This week, a vote in Congress and a decision by a federal judge, Katherine Forrest, made starkly clear how much that remains a work in progress.

     
  • No Penalty for Torture

    Editorials, Op-Eds September 5, 2012 at 0 comments

    Source: NYT. The public deserves a more detailed explanation of why charges could not be brought in recent cases of prison death. In these egregious cases, it appears as though the C.I.A. interrogators tortured prisoners to death, going beyond even the harsh techniques authorized by the infamous torture memos cooked up by Justice Department lawyers to try to justify the unjustifiable. Not pursuing criminal charges may remove an avenue of attack against the Obama administration by Republicans, who continue to defend the use of torture. But absent a more persuasive explanation, the implications for the rule of law are deeply troubling.

     
  • ‘American Taliban’ should be allowed to pray with fellow Muslims

    Editorials, Op-Eds August 30, 2012 at 0 comments

    Source: LA Times.