While this newspaper was the first to publish the news of illegal warrantless wiretapping by the Bush Administration, that article came out in 2005, not in 2004 when the staff first learned of it. In the interim, the American people had voted in a presidential election without full information on the issues of the day. I look to this paper for news, for news analysis and for history as it is made. This effort at revising history has no place here.
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To the Editor:
In 2004, the White House dissuaded this paper from publishing news of illegal wiretaps until after our presidential election. In 2009, the White House persuaded Twitter to permit the Iranian people to continue their broad discussion of the legitimacy or illegitimacy of their government. In such small ways, we creep back into the community of law-abiding nations.
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To the Editor:
It will be hard to do in 2009 what we should have done in 2001. It falls now to president Obama to forge a broad coalition to eliminate a broad terrorist peril. Al Qaeda poses an existential threat to governments around the globe, not just to the United States. Some of these have been our close allies, some have not. All will have to participate if we are to achieve peace, rather than an endless siege of fear and diminished freedoms.
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To the Editor:
President Obama swept into office on a wave of popularity that was both broad and deep; it won't last forever. Day by day as he persists in covering up, rather than prosecuting warrantless wiretaps and torture, he risks making the sins of his predecessors his own. Who now remembers that Richard Nixon was elected on a pledge to get us out of the Democrats' war in Vietnam? In 2009, the president of the United States is faced with guiding us through troubles that would try the wits of a genius and the patience of a saint. There is no time, no budget and no room for defending the indefensible.
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To the Editor: It is heartening to learn that chief Justice John Roberts would not have joined the majority opinion in Bush v. Gore. His argument that “the standard the majority articulates — ‘probability of bias’ — fails to provide clear, workable guidance for future cases” leaves no room for the 2000 decision that famously "established no precedent". Barry Levine
President Obama's Cairo speech is an eloquent and long over-due bid for America to rejoin the community of civilized nations; we all pray that it finds a wide resonance around the world. There is room for worry however in his personal pledge to ban torture. Torture is illegal in the United States and it is the president's duty, not his choice, to see that that law is executed faithfully. If the law will be honored or dishonored merely at the whim of the Executive, we do not yet deserve a place in the councils of civilized nations.
The current global economic crisis has many fathers, but the "shadow banking system" that has arisen in the U.S. in the last three decades deserves a place at the head of the list. The regulations imposed on banking in the New Deal made the U.S. banks and stocks the repository of much of the world's wealth. The "shadow banking system" exists only to dodge these regulations. The few who profit from evading regulation will lobby mightily to stay unregulated. They do so at the expense of the our nation.
This latest clinical result says as much about the limits of current chemotherapy in the clinic as it does about the limits of the predictive test for relapse. Chemotherapy is not a single strategy. Although most patients are still getting agents developed decades ago, recent years have seen great strides in novel, targeted cancer therapies. The first of these are only now reaching clinical practice. It would be a grave error to stop efforts at early detection of cancers that might respond to modern therapies just because it didn't find cancers that were sensitive to an older generation of chemotherapy.
President Obama has spent his first four months in office compromising on the positions for which he was elected, in an apparent effort to buy support from Republicans. If we were to assess the project at this point, we see that he has indeed persuaded one pundit on the Right that his policies are palatable--in as much as they are those of president Bush. The two Republican senators who voted for his major spending bill extracted $5Billion each in new monies for their state in exchange. At this rate, bipartisanship isn't worth the price tag.
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To the Editor:
The account of recidivism among those released from Guantanamo is notable more for what it lacks than for what it reveals. Without names, no one can check the numbers. More important, it lacks a control group. If the U.S. had detained and abused a group of certifiably innocent young men, I would expect most of them to bear the U.S. a grudge after they were released. How many of these would seek some sort of retribution? Fourteen percent seems entirely likely. That's an indictment of our behavior more than of theirs.