The 2nd American Revolution

by Nat Hentoff -- Startlingly – and wholly involuntarily – President Obama is teaching us that, as Thomas Jefferson often said, "The people are the ultimate guardians of their own liberty." The more…

Obama, Congress to decide when you die?

by Nat Hentoff -- I was not intimidated during J. Edgar Hoover's FBI hunt for reporters like me who criticized him. I railed against the Bush-Cheney war on the Bill of Rights more…

Sgt. Crowley needs more training

by Nat Hentoff -- The "media frenzy" – as President Obama called it – over Sgt. James Crowley's arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. needs to become more than a more…

Founding Fathers' thoughts on 'hate crimes'

by Nat Hentoff -- Throughout the Bush-Cheney creation of a society under surveillance and unprecedented government secrecy, I have often praised Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., for resisting that administration's penchant for degrading more…

President George W. Obama

by Nat Hentoff -- On June 26, recognizing the "International Day in Support of Victims of Torture" (designated by the U.N. 11 years ago), President Obama stated: "Torture is contrary to the more…

Mr. President: We are still torturing?

by Nat Hentoff -- On Dec. 26, 2002, Dana Priest and Barton Gellman broke, in the Washington Post, the first undeniable story of American torturing of suspected terrorists. In a CIA secret more…

Are we ready for a post-racial society?

by Nat Hentoff -- In its widely anticipated decision in Ricci v. DeStefano – the New Haven firefighters' case – a majority of the Supreme Court evaded a significant opportunity to seriously more…

Monster Mugabe's terror

by Nat Hentoff -- The BBC's Mike Thomson, in a series of reports from Zimbabwe in early June, spoke to "a Zimbabwean mother and (13-year-old) daughter who are still too afraid to more…

Who are we as Americans?

by Nat Hentoff -- President Obama, in his May 21 speech at the National Archives Museum in Washington, said, "We can defeat al-Qaida ... if we stay true to who we are more…