September 21, 2003 |
If you don't believe that America's war on terrorism threatens your freedoms, delving into any one of these books will change your mind as well as advise you of the rights and liberties that are in true jeopardy. This collection of new works, which address the effect of the war on terrorism on civil liberties, contains one remarkably consistent theme: The federal government has overreacted to the terrorism threat and, in doing so, has traded freedoms of all Americans for an illusion of security.
September 17, 2003 |
For decades, the nation's founding documents were treated like second-class citizens, pressed under the glass surfaces of outdated display cases that were slowly crumbling and made public viewing difficult. Now, after a painstaking and pricey restoration, the hallowed pages of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights are newly enshrined in gleaming, $4-million gold-plated display cases and basking in a glory long overdue.
May 6, 2003
Regarding "Aliens Are Not Part of the Club Yet," Commentary, May 4: I'd like to suggest that Amitai Etzioni read the U.S. Constitution again. It's not that long. The human rights our Constitution protects again and again are not the rights of the citizens but those of "persons." Ever since 9/11, it seems that it has become a "dirty secret," which should not be bandied about, that the Constitution protects all persons' human rights, regardless of their citizenship. Only when it comes to political rights does the Constitution meticulously specify the requirements of citizenship.
March 20, 2003 |
An original copy of the Bill of Rights, stolen from the North Carolina statehouse during the Civil War, was recovered in an undercover sting, the FBI said Wednesday. Authorities learned of the document after a broker contacted the National Constitution Center, a museum being built in Philadelphia's historic district. Museum president Joseph Torsella thought it might be the copy belonging to Pennsylvania, one of five states that have lost their copies over the years.
October 29, 2002 |
The money world and the mommy world are sorely out of balance. There is no way to offer the care and nurturing most mothers would like to lavish on their children and yet maintain the paycheck that allows dignity, family and career to survive. Even for mothers who can afford it, there's no easy way to swap a career for a stay-at-home life to raise kids.
August 2, 2002 |
Another major health bill ran aground in Congress on Thursday, one day after legislation to expand Medicare to cover prescription drugs died in the Senate. Prospects dimmed for a bill that would give new protections for patients of managed health-care plans, as Senate Democrats announced that negotiations with the White House on the issue had collapsed. "I regret that we continue to be unable to reach an agreement on [a] patients' bill of rights," said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.
June 16, 2002
Re "Detention of a Citizen Questioned," June 12: The detention of Jose Padilla, an American citizen, in the absence of criminal charges, an arraignment or access to legal counsel--and the lack of outrage in the press about this action--should frighten and anger every American. Whether the 1942 Supreme Court decision cited by the Justice Department is a relevant precedent or not, the bottom line is that we are being asked to place unquestioning trust in Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft and President Bush, who at best are fallible and at worst may act in bad faith.
July 1, 2001 |
When the insurance industry closes ranks with the national business lobby to try to head off an unwelcome piece of legislation, it is accustomed to getting its way. But the leaders of business' campaign against the patients' bill of rights felt anything but triumphant last week as the legislation neared a climactic Senate vote. "We've done everything we can do here; we don't have a round left to be fired," said a discouraged Patrick Cleary, vice president of the National Assn. of Manufacturers.
May 24, 2000
Regarding "Red-Light Runners, Your Photos Are Ready," May 3: I am quoted in Jeanne Wright's piece on traffic cameras as a speaker on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. Wright quotes Sgt. John Gambill of the Los Angeles Police Department, who says, in justifying videotape surveillance by the police, that law-abiding people "are being photographed every time they walk into a bank, go to an ATM or buy a Slurpee at 7-Eleven." However, Wright did not publish my responsive quote, which pointed out that there is a significant and constitutional difference between acts by the government and acts by an individual or private group.
February 28, 2000 |
Vice President Al Gore elevated a family's potentially life-and-death dispute with a giant insurance company to an extraordinary level Sunday, as he sternly warned the firm publicly against cutting the family's medical benefits. As Gore angrily described the family's plight, a crowd of about 400 supporters at his campaign rally alternately roared with support for the family and vented its anger at Aetna Inc. by booing and jeering lustily.