McCarthyism Then and Now

Joseph Welch and Joseph McCarthy (McCarthy-Army hearings, June 9, 1954)

by Paul R. Pillar Sixty-four years ago this week came a pivotal moment in the overdue discrediting and downfall of an American demagogue. The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations held a nationally televised inquiry from April to June of 1954… Continue Reading  

More Torture Questions for Haspel

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by Dan Plesch Gina Haspel’s nomination to be director of the CIA has focused attention once more on the US use of torture. Her commander-in-Chief Donald Trump has lauded waterboarding—near-death by drowning/suffocation—and Haspel allegedly supervised such activities against al-Qaeda suspects… Continue Reading  

The Rule of Law in Jeopardy

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by Paul R. Pillar After more than a year of excesses by a president whom not only centrists and progressives but also a thinking conservative such as George Will can aptly assess to be the worst U.S. president ever, outrage… Continue Reading  

Deep-Six the Notion of a “Deep State”

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by Paul R. Pillar Different interests, at different times and for different purposes, have promoted the idea of a “deep state” in the United States that supposedly affects American politics and policy.  That notion does not correspond to reality, it… Continue Reading