Pre-9/11 FISA Violations and Retroactive Telecom Immunity

I’ve not seen much mention of one of the most important complaints about the FISA reauthorization: the claim made by Joseph P. Nacchio and Qwest Communication International that the Bush administration sought the power to engage in warrantless wiretapping in February of 2001, seven months before the events of Semptember 11th and the Authorization for… Continue reading Pre-9/11 FISA Violations and Retroactive Telecom Immunity

Inequality and Democracy

Back in January, President Bush gave a speech acknowledging that income inequality has been rising for the last 25 years. He attributed the cause to inequalities in education: The fact is that income inequality is real; it’s been rising for more than 25 years. The reason is clear: We have an economy that increasingly rewards… Continue reading Inequality and Democracy

The New Executive Order: Cost-Benefit Analysis and Market Failure

I’m late in getting to this news, but on January 18th, President Bush amended Executive Order 12866 on Regulatory Planning and Review. The new order, EO # 13422, has some interesting and potentially troubling new provisions. Here are some links: pro, pro, pro, con, con, con. Public Citizen identifies three problems with the new order,… Continue reading The New Executive Order: Cost-Benefit Analysis and Market Failure