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Monthly Archives: June 2012
What is the public interest in an undeclared war? Leveson Inquiry connection to the Iraq War
Was the Iraq war a declared war that demonstrated an existential threat to the United Kingdom against which the public had to be consulted? Lord Hennessy in his testimony to the Post Legislative Scrutiny of the Freedom of Information Act … Continue reading
Posted in FOIA, Government, statesmanship, war Tagged government, Iraq, Leveson Inquiry, Lord Hennessy, Public interest, Rupert Murdoch, United States, World News Comments Off on What is the public interest in an undeclared war? Leveson Inquiry connection to the Iraq War
A modest defense of democracy: three cheers for Blair, Cameron, and Clinton
I am not convinced that Leveson Inquiry shows a diminished democracy. Instead, we have been treated to an eye opening view of how modern democracy works. In the past, much of this would not be known or understood. Like the … Continue reading
Jay, Leveson, our modern day version of a Socratic dialogue
I have been enjoying the Leveson inquiry despite its depressing revelations. For many, what is of interest is seeing the powerful being brought to account. For others, it is a chance to see the issues raised by phone hacking addressed. … Continue reading
Posted in good writing, Government, privacy, public sector, transparency Tagged Brian Leveson, Jay, Leveson, Leveson Inquiry, Lord Justice Leveson, Plato, Rupert Murdoch, Socrates 1 Comment
To have privacy you must kill God
I was commenting on Paul Bernal’s excellent blog on privacy, and the title of this blog came to me. I was arguing, on the blog, with Bruce Shneier and I realized there was a connection, perhaps spurious, in political philosophical … Continue reading
Posted in censorship, privacy, transparency Tagged Christianity, God, human-rights, Middle Ages, Politics, privacy, Private sphere, religion, Security, society 4 Comments
Four questions Robert Jay failed to ask Rebekah Brooks and why they matter
The sessions with Rebekah Brooks proved interesting, but less exciting than the previous sessions with Rupert Murdoch. In large part, the sessions with Brooks and Coulson proved relatively less exciting because they are both facing criminal prosecution. As a result, … Continue reading
Why we need governments in cyberspace: a response to the Strongest Tribe article
In the article, you set out a serious of arguments, implicit and explicit, about the need, or lack thereof, for governments in cyberspace. In particular, you argue that the United States is the strongest tribe. There are some concerns with … Continue reading
Posted in Government, military, occupy wall street, republicanism, statesmanship, war Tagged Barack Obama, Cyberspace, France, human-rights, Paris, Paris Commune, Politics, Rule of law, Rupert Murdoch, Syria, United States Comments Off on Why we need governments in cyberspace: a response to the Strongest Tribe article
Why did I start blogging? Reflections after my 50th blog posts.
I finally made it to 50. When I started blogging, I decided that once I reached 50 posts I would decide whether to continue or stop. Either I would not make it, through boredom, fear, too much hard work or … Continue reading
Posted in education, FOIA, good writing, Government, local government, scholarship Tagged Academia, blog, blogging, Community of practice, Diplo, Jiscmail, United States, Vietnam War Comments Off on Why did I start blogging? Reflections after my 50th blog posts.