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Democracy promotion has long been one of the U.S. government's favorite foreign charades. The Trump administration's proposal to slash funding for democratic evangelism is being denounced as if it were the dawn of a new Dark Age. But this is a welcome step to draining a noxious swath of the ...
As libertarian columnist James Bovard noted, Holder, a vocal critic of Bush administration warrantless wiretaps, became a “key defender of the National Security Agency's email dragnet.” Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett wrote that Holder sank to an “all-time low” when he chose to spy on American ...

President Trump · Donald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE declared last week that the law enforcement should “take ...
Much of the media nowadays is portraying itself as heroes of the #Resist Trump movement. To exploit that meme, Hollywood producer Steven Spielberg rushed out “The Post,” a movie depicting an epic press battle with the Nixon administration. But regardless of whether Spielberg's latest wins the Academy ...
In the Wall Street Journal, the libertarian author James Bovard sounded the alarms by writing that, “The main effect of banning assault weapons is to give government an excuse to arrest or imprison millions of Americans while doing little to nothing to reduce crime.” But Clinton took a chance, risked his ...
Much of the media coverage is hailing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of 13 Russian trolls as stunning proof of foreign hacking of the 2016 election. Mueller may have other cards up his sleeve and the jury is still out. But the U.S. government likely duped far more voters than did the Russians on ...

“Our democracy is only as good as people trust the results,” former President George W. Bush declared in a presumably well-paid speech last week in the United Arab Emirates, a notorious Arab dictatorship. Bush is being exalted as if he is the second coming of George Washington thanks to his implied ...
They refuse to acknowledge that, as USA Today columnist James Bovard has recently noted, that the secret intelligence court now at issue in the memo duel complained in 2002 that FBI agents made at least 75 false or misleading claims to secure warrants to spy on Americans. Or that in 2004 then-FBI ...
Congressional investigators were rocked this weekend when the FBI notified them that five months of text messages from a top FBI investigator into the Trump campaign's Russian connections had mysteriously vanished. The FBI-issued cell phone of Peter Strzok, whose previous texts to his mistress (also ...
Politifact delivered a “pants on fire” slam to Fox News on Friday because one of its commentators asserted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation “has become America's secret police.” The FBI has legions of new champions nowadays among liberals and Democrats who hope that its probes will end ...
The 2016 election was the first time in history that goofy advertisements were considered an act of war. The frenzy on Capitol Hill over a smattering of Russian advertisements would be comical except that most of the American media has jumped on the hysteria bandwagon. The latest clamor is a stark ...
And it's a mistake the great James Bovard explained in his book, “The Fair Trade Fraud”, costs consumers approximate 8.8 times more from their wallets than what is garnered by the industry the politicians are trying to help. That's a lot of cash that could have done good work starting new businesses and ...
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie made the above suggestion that makes much sense in the recent press release. Such a fair request needs to be heeded by federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and his provincial counterpart, Charles Sousa. The famous libertarian James Bovard famously said, ”Democracy must be ...
Both James Bovard and Timothy Weiner have documented in many ways the FBI legacy of using its power to destroy political threats to its power, and to do so in extra-legal ways whenever deemed “necessary.” Today, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, offers an opportunity to focus on some of the methods ...
By: James Bovard, USA TODAY - Updated: 6 hours ago. Cliven Bundy holds the hand of his wife, Carol, as he walks out of the Lloyd George U.S. Courthouse in Las Vegas for the first time in nearly two years on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. His son, Ammon is in the far back, in a cowboy hat. (Kevin Cannon/Las Vegas ...
If the Trump administration cannot rein in renegade federal prosecutors, the president should cease-and-desist any and all claptrap about “draining the swamp.” James Bovard, author of Attention Deficit Democracy, is a member of USA TODAY's Board of Contributors. Follow him on Twitter: @JimBovard.
After the 9/11 attacks, Congress and the Bush administration pretended that unlimited federal spending was one of the best ways to thwart terrorist threats. In 2002, Congress created the Homeland Security Department (DHS), sweeping some of the most inept federal agencies, such as the Secret Service ...

Screen Shot 2017-12-18 at 9.23.06 AM But this is like presuming that any preacher who fails to promise to eradicate sin is a tool of the devil.It is time to recognize the carnage the U.S. has down abroad. (FEE). The Trump administration's foreign policy often resembles a Mad Hatter's Tea Party or a loose ...
James Bovard is a member of the USA Today Board of Contributors and has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Playboy, Washington Post, and many other publications. He is the author of 10 books, including “Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty” (St. Martin's Press, 1994).
One of the unfortunate ironies of the manufactured “Russiagate” controversy is the perception of the FBI as a friend of liberty and justice. But the FBI has never been a friend of liberty and justice. Rather, as James Bovard writes, it “has a long record of both deceit and incompetence. Five years ago ...
Freedom Frauds is the only political book on Amazon that combines hitchhiking, torture, Syria, Afghanistan, police shootings, & Civil War atrocities. It begins with the story of my antiwar awakening from a long bus ride with a down-and-out veteran who never recovered from killing an innocent south ...
Federal judge Gloria Navarro slammed the FBI and Justice Department on Monday, Jan. 8, for “outrageous” abuses and “flagrant misconduct” in the prosecution of Cliven Bundy and sons, the Nevada ranchers who spurred a high-profile standoff with the FBI and Bureau of Land Management in 2014.
Last week's anniversary of Trump's election sparked widespread teeth-gnashing by the nation's pundits. Trump is supposedly the gravest threat ...
James Bovard is reviewing suggestions collected by the Washington Post on the first anniversary of President Trump's election. Many of the ...
Election efforts aside, the social media company's automated tools squelched political journalist James Bovard's attempt to repost a piece ...
The 2016 election was the first time in history that goofy advertisements were considered an act of war. The frenzy on Capitol Hill over a ...
By James Bovard. Responding to Russian-funded political advertisements, Facebook chairman Mark Zuckerberg declared last month that “we ...
President Trump's firing of FBI chief James Comey last May spurred much of the media to rally around America's most powerful domestic ...
James Bovard is the author of ten books, including Public Policy Hooligan, Attention Deficit Democracy, and Lost Rights: The Destruction of ...
Paul James Bovard, 30, Collins Street, Loudon, possession of meth, reset for 11/21. Wesley L. Brady, 40, Highway 304, Decatur, driving on a ...
In Reason piece last year headlined "The High Price of Security Theater," James Bovard included the costs of Homeland Security, ...
James Bovard is the author of Lost Rights, Attention Deficit Democracy, and Public Policy Hooligan. He is also a USA Today contributor. Follow ...
In a response, James Bovard at the Foundation for Economic Education correctly points out the absurdity of some of the ideas from the left, ...
In a separate USA Today piece, columnist James Bovard noted that The Washington Post Magazine had asked some thinkers to recommend ...
James Bovard is the author of Lost Rights, Attention Deficit Democracy, and Public Policy Hooligan. He is also a USA Today contributor. Follow ...
And as James Bovard concluded in the June 2016 issue of Reason, we've been paying ever since, in freedom and in dollars, for something ...
By James Bovard. Hurricane Harvey, which battered Texas over the past week, offers the clearest lesson why Congress should not perpetuate ...
... including this good 2015 USA Today piece from occasional Reason contributor James Bovard, who reminds us that "less than a dozen years ...
... politician on the hustings — a welcome corrective to Scouts' endless pledges of obedience. James Bovard, author of "Public Policy Hooligan ...
This quote is actually an extract from the book titled “Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty” authored by James Bovard, the American ...
By James Bovard*. Barack Obama campaigned for the presidency in 2008 as a peace candidate. He signaled that he would fundamentally ...
President Trump's proposed budget takes a big step towards draining the swamp in Washington. This is the first time since the Reagan era that ...
By James Bovard / USA Today ... James Bovard, author of Public Policy Hooligan, is a member of USA TODAY's Board of Contributors.
In 1961, a hundred years after America's deadliest war began, distinguished Kentuckian Robert Penn Warren wrote that the Civil War left a "gallery of great human images for our contemplation.
Trump budget cuts bankroll new waste: James Bovard. The House resolutions intentionally create roadblocks for states that want to develop Work and Save plans.
As author James Bovard sensibly stated, "Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
READ MORE: Budget cuts bankroll new waste | James Bovard. Focusing on Kentucky's MEP, the alliance gets $488,000 from the federal government to bring "best practices" and more importantly, implementation assistance to Kentucky's manufacturers.
President Trump's proposed budget takes a big step towards draining the swamp in Washington. This is the first time since the Reagan era that a president has sought a wholesale demolition of boondoggles.
Paul James Bovard, 30, Collins Street, Loudon, possession of meth, reset for 5/16. Dominick Michael Brown, 26, Sweetwater/Vonore Road, Sweetwater, violation of probation, aggravated criminal trespassing, two counts reckless endangerment, evading ...
James Bovard warns residents of Jefferson Park that they need look no further than the opposite side of the city to see what a proposed low-income, subsidized housing complex could mean for their neighborhood.


 

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