While PNCAA (the so-called "Internet Kill Switch" bill) seems to advocate a cross-sectoral approach to tackling cybersecurity threats, it doesn't use private sector best practices when establishing what is supposed to be a response to potential "cyber warfare."
Precisely because Americans are easily distracted -- because, as study after study shows, they are clueless about their rights -- the American governmental scheme is sliding ever closer toward authoritarianism.
Effective congressional oversight is critical for maintaining the separation of powers established under our Constitution and serves not only the interests of Congress, but also those of the executive branch and the American public.
Humorists and comedians are a curious bunch. Quixotic by nature, they want so desperately to live in a world of decency, fairness and goodness, and in Stewart's case, in a world where the media grew some cajones.
If the President issues a pardon, no later President can undo it. After George H. W. Bush pardoned the Iran-Contra defendants, Presidents Clinton could not say: "Hold on! I'm taking those pardons back!"
With supporters clamoring for the new president to wipe away Bush-era policies with a stroke of a pen, how can the new president wield his own pen without embracing the Bush assault on constitutionalism?