The American people's lack of engagement on Syria is cited in Washington to help legitimize war. But it does the opposite.
The latest staggering example: treating John Yoo as an authority on the president's authority to intervene in Syria.
He took that position after years as a U.S. senator, and taught it during lectures on the separation of powers.
Ideologically diverse critics warn that unilateral intervention would be risky, unpopular, and a transgression against domestic and international law.
Some hawks want America to strike, no matter how bad an idea it seems to be.
The pressure on President Obama to intervene in Syria is hyped -- and the pressure to stay out of the conflict is unjustly ignored.
His rare comments on the subject have addressed widely discussed stories and aimed to bridge differences.
The consequences of intervention are unknown because they are unknowable.
Reflections on the Ex-PFC Wintergreens of the national-security state
New details about innocent Americans targeted for surveillance by undercover officers.
With great power and the cloak of secrecy, the temptation to act immorally proves irresistible.
Surely there are methods for reducing violent crime that don't require indiscriminately throwing innocents against walls.
Total transparency would force officials to consider their kill decisions more carefully.
Its editorial board is ready to bomb Syria. Then what? They don't appear to have thought that far ahead.
The backlash against the surveillance state is not overblown.
Prior to the 2002 Olympics, the NSA and FBI arranged to intercept all emails and texts in the Salt Lake City area.
Before the Church Committee reports were released, Vice President Nelson Rockefeller described the shocking CIA abuses it chronicled as "not major."
NBC's latest scoop flatly contradicts Keith Alexander's claim that "we can audit the actions of our people 100 percent."
A beloved web denizen shuts down her site, Groklaw, because the NSA creeps her out.
Simply comparing the number of queries to the number of rules violations doesn't really tell us very much.