1st Amendment protects speech we despise, too

by Nat Hentoff -- In a historic March 2 decision, the Supreme Court ruled on the range and depth of the First Amendment's protection of the cornerstone of our individual constitutional liberties more…

The Bush torture indictment

by Nat Hentoff -- In his memoir, "Decision Points," George W. Bush – explaining why he approved of "enhanced interrogation programs" and CIA secret prisons – assured us and the world that more…

A tortured history pursues George W. Bush

by Nat Hentoff -- George W. Bush is clearly enjoying his release from the glare of the presidency. In photos, he looks almost serene, and he doesn't publicly criticize the cumulative incompetence more…

'Zero tolerance' criminalizing kids

by Nat Hentoff -- In 1994, Congress passed the Gun-Free Schools Act, mandating a one-year expulsion for any student bringing a firearm to school. Since then, many school districts around the nation more…

Mubarak's torturer in chief

by Nat Hentoff -- As the inflamed mass movements to topple Hosni Mubarak crested, high Obama officials pushed the autocratic ruler to hand over his authority, with the support of the Egyptian more…

Pro-life breakthrough in the Heartland

by Nat Hentoff -- With Egypt and other challenges occupying him, the president and other pro-abortion forces may soon have to deal with another problem: the rising results of a landmark law more…

The prison that calls itself a country

by Nat Hentoff -- In December, when the European Parliament awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to Cuban independent journalist and longtime protester of the Castros' repression of thought, Guillermo more…

The spineless American Library Association

by Nat Hentoff -- In April 2003, the security police of Fidel Castro arrested and imprisoned 75 journalists, members of opposition parties and owners of independent libraries. The charge: "crimes against national more…

Welcome to the president's private dungeon

by Nat Hentoff -- A major part of a presidential press secretary's job is to cover up his boss' violations of our rule of constitutional law by denying they happened. Yet, on more…