Eight Things I Miss About the Cold War

Jan 16, 2013
It couldn’t be a sadder thing to admit, given what happened during the Cold War, but -- given what’s happened in recent years -- who can doubt that the America of the 1950s and 1960s was, in some ways, simply a better place than the one we live in now?
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Arrest Warrant Issued for Musharraf

Feb 13, 2011
An arrest warrant has been issued for former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. He is wanted in connection with the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, a candidate for the country’s presidency who was killed in a gun-and-suicide-bomb attack during a rally in 2007.

Feds Getting Phone Data Without Warrants

Jun 20, 2006
Officials from the Dept of Homeland Security and the FBI are paying private data brokers to gather personal phone record information--circumventing the need to obtain warrants for such data It's ironic that some federal agents are availing themselves of this potentially illegal service; other federal agents (from the FCC) are already investigating the practice See "Feds Probe Sale of Private Phone Records" And earlier: All Your Phone Call Records Are for Sale, Cheap.

New Bill Allows Warrantless Spying

Mar 17, 2006
OK, OK, it's not time to get hysterical yet This one doesn't look likely to pass, but Four senators have introduced a bill that would allow the NSA to eavesdrop, sans warrant, for up to 45 days GOP Sen Arlen Specter objected, saying the law would allow government to "do whatever the hell it wants" Oh Right What a departure that would be.

Congress Declares War on Ports Deal

Mar 9, 2006
The House committee votes 62-2 to block the White House from allowing the UAE to acquire six major US ports At the same time, however, Senate Republicans handed the president a victory by approving a plan to allow Bush to spy without warrants The New York Times says "rebellion" is in the air, but that's mostly because of the ports The spying program, although under some Senate control, is basically a win for Bush.