There will be less-than-random overlap between the set of people worried about intrusions into Joe Wurzlebacher’s records and the set of people worried about how immigration information about Obama’s aunt leaked to the AP four years after her asylum hearing and four days before the election.
There will be less-than-random overlap between the set of people concerned about the intrusion into Joe Wurzlebacher’s privacy and the set of people curious about how information about Obama’s aunt’s whereabouts got to the Murdoch-owned Times of London and how non-public information about her immigration status made it from federal law enforcement sources to the Associated Press, four years after her asylum hearing and four days before the Presidential election.
Footnote Marc Ambinder, who isn’t as partisan as I am, thinks the story is a yawn in terms of moving voters.
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.
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)
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