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2002 Stories by Nat Hentoff

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  • A Citizen Shorn of All Rights

    published December 31, 2002

    The government has taken the position that with no meaningful judicial review, an American citizen alleged to be an enemy combatant could be... More >>

  • Crossing Swords With General Ashcroft

    published December 24, 2002

    The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. ... More >>

  • The Death of Operation TIPS

    published December 17, 2002

    When the Homeland Security Act was finally signed by the president after many weeks of extensive media coverage of the congressional warfare over... More >>

  • We'll All Be Under Surveillance

    published December 10, 2002

    How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched... More >>

  • The New American Freedom Fighters

    published December 3, 2002

    Shrouded in ambiguity and cloaked in deep secrecy, this administration continues to suddenly, and sometimes unexpectedly, drop its decisions... More >>

  • Resistance Rising!

    published November 26, 2002

    With advances in technology and ever-increasing government surveillance, the situation has worsened since Orwell's imaginings of the... More >>

  • Ashcroft's Shadowy Disciple

    published November 19, 2002

    The government [under the USA Patriot Act] can use [its powers] on people who aren't suspected of committing a crime. Innocent people can be... More >>

  • Freedom for Sudan's Slaves?

    published November 12, 2002

    There is perhaps no greater tragedy on the face of the earth today than the tragedy that is unfolding in the Sudan. —Secretary of... More >>

  • Genocide: Sudan Found Guilty!

    published November 5, 2002

    The acts of the Government of Sudan . . . constitute genocide as defined by the [United Nations] Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of... More >>

  • A Letter to Chancellor Joel Klein

    published October 22, 2002

    The future of New York belongs to its children. —Governor George Pataki, WNYC, October 9 Public education is each and every... More >>

  • Hell Is a Real Place

    published October 15, 2002

    This is the story of a woman in Zimbabwe. She is not one of the white farmers being extracted from their land and homes by President Robert Mugabe... More >>

  • Land of Fear, Rape, and Hunger

    published October 8, 2002

    People have been detained and tortured. In the country now, literally, no one's safety and security is guaranteed if there is even the... More >>

  • Schwarz Silenced—Vinegrad Caves

    published September 24, 2002

    The Charles Schwarz case is over, but contrary to prosecutor Alan Vinegrad, there has been no closure. In the September 23 Newsday,... More >>

  • General Ashcroft's Detention Camps

    published September 3, 2002

    Jonathan Turley is a professor of constitutional and public-interest law at George Washington University Law School in D.C. He is also a defense... More >>

  • The Soldier of the Constitution

    published August 27, 2002

    Through the years, I have often referred in this column to the retired California Congressman Don Edwards as "the Congressman from the... More >>

  • War Among Civil Libertarians

    published August 20, 2002

    Michael Meyers, a nationally recognized civil rights and civil liberties leader, appears regularly in the New York Post. The headline on... More >>

  • Joe Lieberman Joins Big Brother

    published August 13, 2002

    A central challenge a free society faces in countering terrorism is in maintaining its own character, protecting its citizens while preserving... More >>

  • Ashcroft’s Master Plan to Spy on Us

    published August 6, 2002

    Citizens will not become informants. Citizens will not be spying on one another. —Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey,... More >>

  • A Reporter as Prosecutor

    published July 30, 2002

    Police speak of the theory of a crime, and lawyers have a theory of a case. After a split jury delivered a partial verdict (guilty on one... More >>

  • No Peace, No Justice

    published July 23, 2002

    Whatever the outcome, the ultimate lesson of this case . . . is that the truth can be irretrievably muddied when the prosecution sets out to... More >>

  • Free Markets, Slavery, and Bush

    published July 16, 2002

    Psychological and physical torture is an integral component of Sudanese slavery. Of the former slaves we have interviewed extensively, more... More >>

  • Remembering Why We Are Americans

    published July 9, 2002

    A true patriot would keep the attention of his fellow citizens awake to their grievances, and not allow them to rest till the causes of their... More >>

  • God Is Not in the Constitution

    published July 2, 2002

    We receive our rights from God. —George W. Bush, denouncing the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that the Pledge of Allegiance... More >>

  • The Sons and Daughters of Liberty

    published June 25, 2002

    In 1756, in Boston and other cities and towns, the coming of the American Revolution was speeded by mechanics, merchants, and artisans who... More >>

  • Remembering Teddi King

    published June 18, 2002

    Whatever I've done as a reporter, novelist, organizer, and general pain in the ass has its roots when I was 11 and discovered jazz. Some people... More >>

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