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Barry Eisler
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Democrats: you can either read and heed, or you can preserve the party establishment and sink ever further into impotence and irrelevance.

https://theintercept.com/2017/02/09/tom-perez-apologizes-for-telling-the-truth-showing-why-democrats-flaws-urgently-need-attention/

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Predictably, ISIS is cheering Trump's Muslim ban (actually, not just predictably. Predicted ). Yes, I know, it's not really a Muslim ban. You don't have to convince me. Convince the people ISIS is recruiting with it. It's not just that targeting refugees, i...

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It's not just that targeting refugees, immigrants, and green card holders based on their religion is capricious and cruel. It's that it's dangerous. Once again, the people wrapping themselves most ostentatiously in the flag of national security are the ones who create the most hazards--to the citizenry and to the republic.

When you're about to do the very thing your enemy most ardently hopes you'll do, it doesn't mean ipso facto your move is dumb. But it ought to give you pause, at least.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/jihadist-groups-hail-trumps-travel-ban-as-a-victory/2017/01/29/50908986-e66d-11e6-b82f-687d6e6a3e7c_story.html

I'm always amazed at how eager people are to denigrate protests. So many complaints, excuses, and rationalizations, so many reasons protests are wrong and ineffective and counterproductive and why not spend all that energy on some other thing and yada yada yada. But do the naysayers ever grapple with why the founders thought the right of citizens in a democracy to peaceably assemble was so vital that they guaranteed it in the very first amendment of the Constitution, alongside freedom of the press, speech, and religion?

Also, it's a little weird that whenever you say something in support of peaceable assembly, some percentage of commentators will reflexively respond, "Well, maybe, but vandalism and violence are wrong!" I'm guessing these commentators would have been against the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution itself?

Tactically, I'm a proponent of peaceable assembly (the bigger, the better). But it's telling how many people want to monopolize violence for favored purposes and impose pacifism for everything else.

Morally, I don't know how you make a coherent blanket case against violence, especially given the history of America's founding, along with its long-term title as the World's Greatest Purveyor of Violence in the World Today (MLK, 1967).

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Defense Against Foreign Danger; Instruments of Tyranny at Home
Consider the way tools of national (in)security policy initially deployed abroad inevitably find their way home: bulk surveillance , black sites , torture , police militarization . Now consider that one of the CIA’s long-practiced core competencies is under...

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“…a literary home run in every respect… LIVIA LONE [reaches] a whole new level…”
—Providence Journal
http://www.providencejournal.com/entertainmentlife/20161201/thrillers-roundup-lee-child-and-jack-reacher-at-top-of-their-game-in-night-school
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Another Chance to Get It Right
Anyone who knows the work of novelist Andrew Vachss will recognize his influence on my latest novel,  Livia Lone  (along with that of his wife, former sex crimes prosecutor Alice Vachss ). I've read most of Vachss's books, but there's one I missed, called  ...

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Why Torture is Now De Facto a Policy Choice, Not a Crime
Absolutely not a surprise that  Mike Pence refuses to rule out torture  in a Trump   administration. I've been writing about this since 2009 . Obama had a duty to prosecute torture; instead, he decided to "look forward as opposed to looking backward," rende...
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