At last, a name for the OPM scandal

It happened on December 7. It was done as a surprise attack, without warning.
Therefore it ought to be called the Pearl Harbor Day Massacre.
So ordered.

It’s taken me a long time, and it’s probably too late now, but I think I’ve come up with the appropriate label for the scandal surrounding the firing of eight U.S. Attorneys on December 7, 2006. Since that is surely a day that will live in infamy, and since the firings were deliberately carried out as a surprise attack with no advance warning to the victims, I propose that we all refer to the event as the Pearl Harbor Day Massacre.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: