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Healy: Homeland Security grants subsidize dystopia

By Gene Healy “Do I think al Qaeda is going to target Pumpkin Fest? No, but are there fringe groups that want to make a statement? Yes.” That’s the police chief of Keene, N.H. (pop. 23,000), justifying his decision to buy a BearCat armored personnel carrier with a federal Department of Homeland Security grant. After […]

Healy: The Iraq war was a bipartisan disaster

By Gene Healy “Sorry” seems to be the hardest word for neoconservatives who championed the Iraq War, but sometimes they manage to squeeze it out. Here, for instance, is former Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen in Wednesday’s Washington Post: “Sorry, but this is a mess of President Obama’s making.” It’s a common refrain among unrepentant hawks. […]

Healy: After almost 13 Years, it’s time to end Congress’ blanket authorization of force

By Gene Healy It may sound hard to believe, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., isn’t always wrong — at least when he states the obvious: “9/11 is a long time ago,” he said Wednesday, “and it’s something that needs to be looked at again.” The “it” is the post-9/11 Authorization for Use of […]

Healy: Whatever its faults, the Tea Party identified the right target

By Gene Healy It’s been five years since Rick Santelli’s CNBC “rant that shook the world” helped give rise to the Tea Party movement. The first wave of anti-big-government protests began in the cities, and they were “about as libertarian as it gets,” as political number-cruncher Nate Silver put it at the time: light on […]

Healy: David Brooks’ paen to presidential power is year’s worst Op-ed

By Gene Healy For four years running, I’ve closed the holiday season with a column saying “bah, humbug” to the year’s worst op-eds. Christmas came early this year, thanks to perennial contender David Brooks. In Thursday’s New York Times, Brooks offered a bold panacea for the problems of our time: We need to “Strengthen the […]

Healy: Obama thinks Americans don’t need to know

By Gene Healy . When former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked the existence of a massive spying program siphoning up Americans’ personal phone records earlier this year, President Obama declared: “I welcome this debate and I think it’s healthy for our democracy.” Shortly thereafter, his administration revoked Snowden’s passport and hit him with […]

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