Boston Globe letter: Under Obama, war, and terror, go on


Responding to an extensive Boston Globe article on President Obama, I point out in a Letter-to-the-Editor published in today's Globe that the article's author erred in crediting Obama with rolling back President Bush's War on Terror. Far from it, in fact:



The national security state has continued to make gains under Obama, and it surely has kept the inroads it made under George W. Bush. Secrecy is the order of the day, including the administration’s self-protective invocation of so-called national security to thwart court cases seeking money damages and answers by victims of our security agencies and those they surreptitiously fund in dark corners around the world.

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In terms of civil liberties, there may be some change on the margins here and there, but by and large, “change you can believe in’’ has shown its true colors: The more things change, the more they stay the same.

"Under Obama, war, and terror, go on," Boston Globe, January 31, 2011

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Boston Globe op-ed: Finneran's only crime is careful diplomacy


Those familiar with Three Felonies a Day know the story of former Speaker of the Massachusetts House Thomas Finneran. Finneran was charged with federal obstruction of justice and perjury because he allegedly lied, in court testimony, about the extent of his involvement in a legislative redistricting plan that was being challenged as discriminatory. Under questionable circumstances, Finneran entered a guilty plea in 2007. Accepting this plea as indisputable proof of culpability, the Supreme Judicial Court disbarred Finneran earlier this month.

In today's Boston Globe, I put Finneran's case in the context of the ever-increasing rate of guilty pleas in the federal criminal justice system, noting that the Feds essentially made him an offer he could not refuse.
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