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Lack of daylight

June 14, 2013

The most important issue brought to the fore by the (not so) recent revelations of NSA snooping is how Congress and the courts have been neutered in providing oversight to that. The notion of “secret law” is offensive to democracy, so let’s hope that Sen. Jeff Merkley and Sen. Mike Lee succeed in their push to reform FISA.

Congressional oversight is weakened when administration officials, civil servants, or members of the military lie to Congress. Even if he is unlikely to be convicted, James Clapper should be prosecuted and his career ended.

Carl Levin is trying to keep an obscuring shadow around sexual assault in the military. Shame on him.

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