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William E. Jackson Jr.
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William E. Jackson Jr. wrote a column on the press and national security for "Editor & Publisher Online" from 2003 to 2007; and has been writing for Huffington Post since 2005. He served in the Executive Office of the President under President John Kennedy in 1963. He taught government and politics at UNC-Charlotte, and Davidson College. From 1974-77, he was chief legislative assistant for national security to the Senate Democratic Majority Whip (Alan Cranston); and served as the executive director of President Carter's General Advisory Committee on Arms Control&Disarmament, 1978-80, and Special Assistant to the Chief SALT II Negotiator, Paul Warnke. In 1980, he moved to the 7th floor of the State Department to serve in the office of Congressional Relations under Secretary of State Ed Muskie. He has been a foreign policy scholar at the Brookings Institution, and the Fulbright Institute of International Relations. In addition, he produced and hosted the political talk show "Crosshairs" on Adelphia cable television, 2000-2003. Jackson resides, and writes, in Davidson, N.C.

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Davidson College Moves to a Big-Time Athletic Conference: Cui Bono?

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 6:41 PM

Over the years, I have admired the integrity and coaching abilities of Bob McKillop in basketball and Dick Cooke in baseball as my alma mater competed at a high level in the Southern Conference.

With 2000 students, Davidson College -- a nationally-ranked liberal arts institution with a Presbyterian affiliation...

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Going Out on a Limb: Will the Democrats Hold Onto the Senate?

(2) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 1:05 PM

To keep open the Government of the United States, protect a balance of progressive influence in the Federal appellate courts, and block extreme legislation passed by the House: The Democrats must maintain control of the U.S. Senate. But, with days to go before November 4, it now seems distinctly less...

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Israel and Russia: Rogue States in Public Opinion?

(8) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 5:54 PM

Two recent blog posts by Aaron Blake on the Washington Post website (July 22, "What Russia and Israel Have in Common" and July 29, "Young Americans Take a Dim View of Israel's Actions") should give pause to any assumption in Israel that the American public --...

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The Long Arm of the Constitution: The Administration Is Trying to Evade Its Reach

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 4:25 PM

In a belated Federal district court decision handed down today -- and stayed for now -- Judge Richard Leon determined that keeping records of Americans' phone calls probably violates the Constitution, and the government was ordered to stop collecting data on plaintiffs. He labeled the NSA program's technology "almost Orwellian"...

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Madiba: In the Presence of Greatness

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 9:24 AM

As a professor and fellow of the Fulbright Institute of International Relations -- named after Sen. J.W. Fulbright -- in late 1985 I led a small delegation of Americans from various professions on a fact-finding trip across the Republic of South Africa (RSA) and Namibia. Apartheid and white rule were...

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NSA's Actual Reach Exceeds Its Constitutional Grasp

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 3:29 PM

  • Article II, section 4, the Constitution of the United States: "The President, the Vice President and all civil officers of the United States shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors."
  • 1st Amendment: "Congress shall make no law...abridging the...
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The DNI Executive Review Group on Intelligence and the Senate Oversight Committee on Intelligence: Exercises in Futility?

(1) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 1:41 PM

An AP story published on The Huffington Post and in many newspapers on September 22, "Close Ties Between White House, NSA Spying Review" uncovered the sham exercise that constitutes the White House's promised review of NSA surveillance programs. A group of allegedly independent experts on intelligence communications and...

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Revelations of NSA Subversion of the Constitution Warrant Impeachment Investigation

(17) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 6:30 PM

This summer, any weekly reel of headlines about Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency should have served as an embarrassment to the very idea of integrity in public service under the national security state.

No sooner did President Obama facilely assure the American people that the government was not...

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The Bottom of the Eleventh

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 4:22 PM

The Bottom of the Eleventh: Game 6

In the bottom of the eleventh in old St. Louis city...
Did you partake of the feast of heroism, comedy, insanity?

Or did it take a Boswell* to explain the unexplainable,
When baseball produced the all-around unbelievable?

...
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Local Government as an Outpost of Freedom?

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2011 | 1:00 PM

I do not know how many small college towns -- or just small towns -- in America warrant a critique similar to mine of local government in Davidson, North Carolina. Perhaps this essay will spur a national dialogue on the evolution and meaning of local self-government today. 

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A Liberated Press and WikiLeaks: Bulwarks Against Claims of "Victory" in Afghanistan

(4) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 4:28 PM

Not so long ago, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could count on American journalists to support his campaign to publish secret documents that governments didn't want the world to see. But just three years after a major court confrontation that saw many of America's most important journalism organizations file briefs...

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Rep. Myrick and the Xenophobia Card: Violation of House Rules on National Security?

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2010 | 6:48 PM

It is almost as if the House Intelligence Committee member is having an "out of body" experience. Is it not odd that someone sitting on a powerful committee that exercises oversight over the entire national intelligence community should resort to asking accusatory questions--in regard to claims of Hezbollah terrorists on...

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Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC): Playing the Xenophobia Card in an Election Year -- a Case Study

(49) Comments | Posted September 6, 2010 | 5:16 AM

An evolving practice in Republican House campaigns against Democratic candidates is the use of Islamophobia: spreading the idea that there is a domestic terrorism threat from Muslims, and that the GOP can better protect the public from "the other."

Drawing on FOX News outlets, talk radio, suspect websites in the...

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Is the Prime Minister Becoming More Presidential?

(14) Comments | Posted May 5, 2010 | 7:15 PM

In an election that Britain's political commentators have called the closest in decades, one thing that seems certain, if opinion polls are any guide, is that only one party leader, Mr. Cameron, has any chance--and in his case only a slim one--of securing a majority of seats in the House...

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Rep. Sue Myrick: A Modern-Day McCarthyite on Islam and the Threat From Domestic Terrorism

(11) Comments | Posted February 27, 2010 | 4:09 AM

Every once in a while, there comes along a member of Congress who is not only eccentric, but borderline wacky, not to mention a fear monger. One of the leading examples is Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.), representing a very conservative, heavily-churched district in Charlotte.

It is difficult to understand...

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D-Day For The U.S. In Afghanistan: Realism Vs. Idealism

(8) Comments | Posted December 1, 2009 | 2:52 AM

What Obama seems to have discovered is that this is no longer the war that began eight years ago. That war was an act of retribution and prevention. But now who are we punishing? What are we preventing? The old narrative is broken. --Hendrik Hertzberg, "The Fifth War," November 30...

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From the UK: The Times' Vitriol Over President Obama's Nobel

(52) Comments | Posted October 11, 2009 | 10:04 AM

When Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973, the satirist Tom Lehrer remarked that he saw no further need to perform as the award had made satire obsolete. By offering the world's most prestigious political accolade to Barack Obama, a man who has held office for barely...

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Harold P. Ford on Robert McNamara in Retrospect

(7) Comments | Posted July 9, 2009 | 10:51 AM

While an undergraduate at Davidson College, Harold P. Ford was my political science professor in the years (1955-57) he was on leave from the Central Intelligence Agency. *

In addition to the Soviet Union and Communist China, there was one other country to which professor Ford devoted special attention: Vietnam....

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In Defense of the Speaker of the House

(272) Comments | Posted May 16, 2009 | 12:35 AM

As of May 16, several national newspaper and television headlines were adopting an accusatory tone critical of Speaker Nancy Pelosi that undoubtedly tickled the actual authorizers (Vice President Cheney et al) and the actual practitioners (Central Intelligence Agency) of torture during the previous administration, 2001-2009. For example: "CIA Director Panetta...

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Samuel P. Huntington: A Great American Patriot and A Giant Among Scholars (1927-2008)

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2009 | 1:35 AM

Cushing Strout, The New Heavens and New Earth:
"But we have his promise, and look forward to new heavens and a new earth..." 2 Peter 3:13 in the New English Bible


A memorial service for Prof. Samuel P. Huntington was held on...

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