Yes, America has done lots of wonderful things. No, that doesn't mean it is incapable of doing very bad things.
The phrase is used by people who want to justify a policy without having to prove that it's legal and prudent.
When confronted by far deadlier threats, Americans are much less willing to cede freedom and privacy.
The danger of creating data sets that would permit a foreign government or non-state actor to wreak havoc on Americans.
The national-security state is removing important moral and strategic policy questions that face our polity from the realm of democratic debate.
More and more, we're counting on having angels in office and making ourselves vulnerable to devils.
When the White House says it values debate on balancing civil liberties and national security, it's being disingenuous.
An author of the controversial legislation keeps defending it -- even though he's felt betrayed by related abuses three times.
Martin Bashir likens criticism of the IRS to shouting the n-word at a black president.
The surveillance state couldn't have grown this invasive without widespread negligence by citizens.
In praise of whistle-blowers whose risky disclosures of official wrongdoing make the nation stronger rather than weaker
A probing interview with Dov Charney.
Dana Rohrabacher takes the mindset of the War on Terrorism to its logical conclusion.
For Erick Erickson, people in the northeast should be dismissed -- except the ones who agree with him.
When Dorothy Rabinowitz implied that New York's bikeshare program is totalitarian, she was channeling rhetoric heard on the West Coast, too.
A magazine publisher has written a provocative article raising that question. I try to offer some answers.
A new book claims he did so on orders from Roger Ailes. Are conservative critiques of talk radio suppressed?
Rapes, stabbings, and beatings are rampant, according to the complaint, and frequent fires cause some prisoners to "expel black mucous from their noses."
The latest law enforcement account has him charging an FBI agent with a pole -- or was it a broomstick? -- even after being shot.
Law enforcement can't get its story straight in the worrisome case of Ibragim Todashev.