If the thought of the government accessing your business or medical records, telephone calls and even your genetic information isn't scary enough, the most frightening aspect is that we don't know how the government actually interprets and applies Section 215.
The report lists only 16 instances of noncitizen registration and zero instances of in-person voter impersonation fraud. Kobach is using a nuclear weapon to kill a fly (and telling you the fly is the size of Houston).
In the dust-up following the death of bin Laden, a too-soon forgotten issue came alive again when Bush-era pols surfaced to claim that the "enhanced interrogation" (read torture) of detainees gave us crucial intelligence.
The Department of Homeland Security detains more than 33,000 people on any given day, for months or years. This comes at great cost to taxpayers: $45,000 per detainee per year, for a total of $1.9 billion this fiscal year.
If DeMaio's disciplinary records stay hidden, the city of Newark misses a rare opportunity to shift the tone of the Newark Police Department. Mayor Booker must embrace a transparent process if he has any hope of earning public support for his pick.
Should students who conspire to "shut down" an invited speaker with whom they disagree be prosecuted for the misdemeanor of conspiracy to disturb a meeting? That is the question roiling the University of California.