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A not-so-exclusive list

Two points about that disclosure by the Government Accountability Office that the government's terrorist watch list has more than 755,000 names and is growing by 200,000 names a year. First, if…

When free speech is too free

The other day a Democratic congressman accused President Bush of being amused by the death of U.S. troops. One right-wing talk-show host suggested women should never have been allowed to…

Don’t worry, be ignorant

The public should be wary when the government doesn't want the public's confidence dented by inconvenient information, a case in point having been discovered by the Associated Press. Says the…

Playing the Plame game

After becoming the most outed spy in American history, Valerie Plame is telling her story. Or parts of it...the parts the CIA will let her tell. Plame's new book is a far…

Time for a new global narrative

What Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize says to me is that the world is deeply unhappy with America's "war on terror" and desperately seeks new global narratives. It's not that…

No rest for the weary

Looks like the United States won't be freed anytime soon from the burdensome role its troops have played -- largely by default -- as Europe and others turn to for…

The end of privacy

It suddenly turns out that U.S. intelligence agencies have been gathering much more information about American citizens than anyone thought or is appropriate and the nation's largest communications companies have…

Serving those who stand and wait

With a certain smug national self-satisfaction, it is called the "classic American success story." A young lad -- or lass, for that matter -- of no particular advantage or…

Stopping Internet porn

To hear my male peers tell it, when we were young one of them might stumble across -- or somehow purloin (sometimes from a father's stash) -- the rare Playboy…

Guest worker all-stars

There can't be many baseball fans that are still surprised by lineups of big leaguers whose names end in "guez" or "rez" or "ina." Count 'em: Rodriguezes, Ramirezes, Hernandezes, Gonzalezes,…