James Bovard, who serves as a policy advisor to The Future of Freedom Foundation, is a frequent contributor to Playboy, American Spectator, and Investor’s Business Daily. He has also written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Reader’s Digest, New Republic, Washington Post, Washington Times, and Newsweek … (full bio at FFF).
He writes: Tens of thousands of innocent Americans are stopped each month at police checkpoints that treat every driver as a criminal. These checkpoints, supposedly started to target drunk drivers, have expanded to give police more intrusive power over citizens in many areas. The demonization of alcohol is leading to a growing nullification of the constitutional rights of anyone suspected of drinking — or anyone who might have had a drink anytime recently. In 1925, the Supreme Court declared. It would be intolerable and unreasonable if a prohibition agent were authorized to stop every automobile on the chance of finding liquor, and thus subject all persons lawfully using the highways to the inconvenience and indignity of such a search. But as the 20th century progressed, judges and prosecutors gained a more rarefied understanding of the Bill of Rights … (full very long text of October 26, 2007).
Look at his personal blog.
James Bovard – USA
Listen to his 7 videos: Conference, part 1/7 to 7/7, July 18, 2007. To be found within other videos on his Google video-search.
Listen to his longer audio ‘Plundering the People‘ on ‘Foundation for Economic Education’, March 12, 2005.
He says: “Americans’ liberty is perishing beneath the constant growth of government power. Federal, state and local government’s are confiscating citizens’ property, trampling their rights, and decimating their opportunities more than ever before…. American liberty can still be rescued from the encroachments of government. The first step to saving our liberty is to realize how much we have already lost, how we lost it, and how we will continue to lose unless fundamental political changes occur”. (full text).
His writings have been publicly denounced by the chief of the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the Postmaster General, and the chiefs of the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as by many congressmen … (full text).
He was the recipient of the 1995 Thomas Szasz Award for Civil Liberties Work, awarded by the Center for Independent Thought. His writings generate occasional controversy. Since the Clinton Administration took office, his writings have been publicly denounced by FBI Director Louis Freeh, HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman, U.S. International Trade Commission Chairman Don Newquist, Equal Opportunity Commission Chairman Gilbert Cassellas, the Chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration, among others. (full bio).
James Bovard is the author of eight books: The Bush Betrayal , Terrorism and Tyranny , Feeling Your Pain , Freedom in Chains , Shakedown , Lost Rights , The Fair Trade Fraud , The Farm Fiasco . (links on FFF).
Listen to his audio on Antiwar Radio, 34.45 min., August 8, 2007.
A Wall Street Journal review of Freedom in Chains declared: “James Bovard has become the roving inspector general of the modern State… Never has so much theoretical error and concrete folly been collected and juxtaposed so well under a single cover … (full text).
Read: Breaking Bush’s Resistance, A pending court case could expose the administration’s torture regime, July 30, 2007.
He writes also: … How could the people judge the policy when the Bush administration was suppressing almost all information about it? There were no independent probes into the torture scandal during 2004. All the investigators were under the thumb of the Pentagon. The investigations were designed to look only downward—with no authority to pursue wrongdoing to the highest branches of the Pentagon and the White House. The Bush team succeeded in delaying the vast majority of damning revelations until after he was re-elected. Presumably, the public can “approve” atrocities even when the government deceives them about the actual events … (full long text).
Read: The World Bank Vs. the World Poor, September 28, 1987.
Read this World Bank Discussion Paper: Redefining the Role of Government in Agriculture for the 1990s.
Bush’s Posse Roundup, By James Bovard, AlterNet. Posted December 10, 2004: The Bush administration has shown a disregard for the firewall between military and domestic affairs. Is that a G.I. knocking at your door? … (full text).