Okay, I give up.

What’s this supposed to be about?

Treasury Department Is Warning Publishers

of the Perils of Criminal Editing of the Enemy

The current terrorist situation justifies making somewhat different judgments about the appropriate tradeoffs between security and procedural safeguards for liberty than would have been appropriate before 9-11. But that ought to be a reason for the people running the Federal government to be exceptionally careful not to do anything unnecessary to raise fears that the extra powers they’re being given to protect all of us are being abused, or used idiotically.

Instead, the current Administration seems devoted to stirring up as much fear of itself as possible. Maybe their hope is that liberals and Democrats can be induced to complain about the foolishness, thus making themselves look soft on terror. That certainly worked in the 2002 elections.

Or maybe they’re just the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.

[If anyone can find something resembling an actual justification for the “no-editing” policy, I will cheerfully post it or link to it.]

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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: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

One thought on “Okay, I give up.”

  1. Criminal Editing?

    Both Teresa Nielsen Hayden and Linkmeister have must-read opinion essays on the Treasury Department's warning… Mark A.R. Kleiman is outraged too. Looks like this one may have very long legs.

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