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2002 Stories by Nat Hentoff

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  • Your Taxes for Church Schools?

    published June 4, 2002

    In Cleveland . . . taxpayer money is used to fund Catholic masses, Protestant Bible study and instruction in the practice of Islam. ... More >>

  • Unleashing the FBI

    published June 4, 2002

    The [new] guidelines emphasize that the FBI must not be deprived of using all lawful authorized methods in investigations, consistent with the... More >>

  • The FBI's Magic Lantern

    published May 28, 2002

    Before being confirmed for the Supreme Court, Louis Brandeis was known as the People's Lawyer because he was pro-labor and fought monopolies and... More >>

  • A Book Unfit for 'The New York Times'

    published May 21, 2002

    We tend to give more credibility to groups on the liberal side of the spectrum than on the conservative side. . . . We [journalists] have to... More >>

  • A Liberal Slant to the News?

    published May 14, 2002

    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. —George Orwell on freedom of the... More >>

  • Who's an Anti-Semite?

    published May 7, 2002

    Two weeks after two Orthodox Jews were attacked in Berlin, this week a Jewish woman was beaten up in the German capital by men who tore the... More >>

  • Daschle-Gephardt-Clinton Waltz

    published April 30, 2002

    And so an increasingly shameful Democratic Party drifts toward the anointment of a shameless candidate. —Murray Kempton, New York... More >>

  • Joe Klein and the Comeback Kid

    published April 23, 2002

    On March 6, independent counsel Robert Ray released the final 237-page report on Bill Clinton's relationships with the rule of law. Sufficient... More >>

  • High Noon for Ashcroft, Stewart, and the Defense Bar

    published April 16, 2002

    On April 9, the attorney general of the United States strode before the press to proudly brandish his proof that his war on terrorism is... More >>

  • A Prosecutor’s Revenge

    published April 9, 2002

    Any prosecutor will readily say that his or her primary role is to do justice—even if it means losing a case. However, in the hot pursuit of... More >>

  • Jews Rise Against Ashcroft War

    published April 2, 2002

    I have written about the civil war among Jewish organizations over the Bush-Ashcroft raids on the Constitution (Voice, January More >>

  • Spinning the Military Tribunals

    published March 26, 2002

    The American people will agree that [these rules for military tribunals] are a fair and balanced product that the American people can be proud... More >>

  • Schwarz: Justice or Technicalities?

    published March 19, 2002

    When Charles Schwarz was sent to prison for violating Abner Louima's civil rights by joining Justin Volpe in the bathroom while Volpe viciously... More >>

  • The Wrong Man Gets a Second Chance

    published March 12, 2002

    The clearest and most accurate reaction to the unanimous decision by the three judges of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to grant Charles... More >>

  • Judge Ross vs. Free Speech

    published March 5, 2002

    A function of free speech under our system of government is to invite dispute. It may indeed best serve its high purposes when it induces a... More >>

  • Big John Wants Your Reading List

    published February 26, 2002

    During the congressional debate on John Ashcroft's USA Patriot Act, an American Civil Liberties Union fact sheet on the bill's assaults on the... More >>

  • Eyeing What You Read

    published February 19, 2002

    The December 25 issue of Capital Times, a newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin, contains a warning about how the FBI, under Attorney General... More >>

  • J. Edgar Hoover Lives!

    published February 12, 2002

    In the April 1, 1971, Voice ("Investigating the FBI"), I wrote of having received copies of files on private citizens that had been stolen... More >>

  • In School: The 'Success' of Failure

    published February 5, 2002

    For readers who only had a few minutes to skim the paper, a glance at the December 20 Daily News headline was reassuring: "Regents scores... More >>

  • Bloomberg vs. Failing Schools

    published January 29, 2002

    Rudy Giuliani gained deserved international stature for his efforts to re-generate the city after September 11, but in the longer run, historians... More >>

  • The ACLU on the Ramparts

    published January 22, 2002

    "We have begun to tamper with some of the basic laws—laws that strike at the heart of what this democracy is about."... More >>

  • John Ashcroft on Trial

    published January 15, 2002

    Having criticized Jesse Jackson often in this column for his solipsistic views on civil rights and other issues, I have to give him credit for... More >>

  • Civil Liberties War Among Jews

    published January 8, 2002

    An abiding value I learned growing up poor in a Boston Jewish ghetto during the so-called Great Depression was social justice. Not the poisonous... More >>

  • The Patriotism Enforcers

    published January 1, 2002

    In 1950, Republican senator Margaret Chase Smith of Maine was the first member of Congress to publicly confront Senator Joseph McCarthy's charges... More >>

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