The national-security state and its apologists don't see it that way—which is why we have the First Amendment.
Reader correspondence underscores the variety of opinion on the issue.
The case for stigma—and its limits
Correspondence from a reader with traditional Christian beliefs
A federal review has found that officers routinely used unnecessary force against citizens.
The shortcomings of stigma
The Kentucky senator twice suggested that Halliburton's relationship with Dick Cheney influenced Iraq policy. Is that so crazy?
By letting the CIA vet the torture report, the White House and Congress are giving Americans a new reason to have contempt for the classification system.
Law enforcement in America, brought to you by liberals and conservatives
The forced resignation of Brendan Eich will have a chilling effect on political discourse.
Unless a Senate committee votes to release the 6,300-page document, the Bush Administration's illegal, ineffective interrogation policies are bound to return.
He's going to be a talk-radio host. What if all the other national-security demagogues in Congress joined him?
Is the Obama Administration meting out cruel and unusual punishments?
#CancelColbert is an intellectually lazy and counterproductive campaign.
The LAPD plans to release maps showing where future crime is most likely to happen, in hopes that residents will help stop it.
The Newtown shooting led gun-control advocates to try the same failed strategies again. And once again, they didn't work.
A country can remain constantly at war, or enjoy low taxes and civil liberties protections, but it can't do both.
Two official inquiries start to clear up the mysterious death, but law-enforcement agencies should still turn over more information.
Even the most banal agencies resist transparency.
The U.S. has committed egregious misdeeds in the name of reducing the risk of terror by a tiny—or even non-existent—margin.