Even though the people being spied on are often totally innocent, the government stores their information for a very long time.
Don't you want your Supreme Court justices to be a bit more unflappable than that?
Cynical leaders use flag-waving as a way to manipulate.
A seeming contradiction in the country's attitudes toward privacy.
So long as narcotics are illegal, they will be sold on the black market. Better that it happens on the Web than on the street.
What was expected of East Germans, in one handy list
Reflections on a city where my grandfather served and my mother visited.
A resident of the city explains his changing attitudes toward the United States.
Behold a seaman straddling a torpedo like a bull.
Asking delicate questions in Berlin, the capital of personal data protection
It's important to fully air our disagreements in civic debate -- and to maintain spheres that are free from its controversies.
On the fake moderation of a president who talks a good game but doesn't follow through
The New York Times on Vladamir Putin, Barack Obama, and the Syria debate.
Some kinds of foreign spying are more legitimate than others.
The government won't even let businesses disclose that it has made data requests. Here's a way around one of the intelligence community's most depraved practices.
It will only damage the commander in chief's ability to threaten wars of choice unilaterally -- and that's a good thing.
Yet journalists keep airing the idea that his presidency depends on it.
A vindication of public opinion
There's no shame in telling the world the truth: that our system intentionally constrains the executive branch.
President Obama, the Iraq hawks, and the inevitable dysfunction of any intervention they wage together