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Philip Bump is a writer at The Wire.
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News Report Ties David Petraeus to Iraq Torture Centers

March 6, 2013 The Guardian and BBC Arabic just released a blockbuster story, linking David Petraeus to two veteran advisors of El Salvadorean paramilitary squads who ran Iraqi interrogation centers that exacerbated the country's sectarian violence. It's a staggering report. According to the outlets, Colonels James Steele and James Coffman both worked in...

What Americans Really Think About Sequestration

March 6, 2013 There's not much of a political lesson in a poll out this morning showing that people support federal budget cuts, but just not to the military: Differentiating between decision-making in the abstract and specific examples, after all, is a hallmark of American politics. The Washington Post/ABC poll at issue consists...

New TSA Rules Allowing Knives and Clubs Are Freaking Out Flight Attendants

March 5, 2013 There will soon be new seating sections on domestic airlines. In front of the reinforced cockpit door will be the "safe zone." Behind that passengers will have a medieval free-for-all featuring hand-to-hand combat with (tiny) knives and (golf) clubs — at least, that's what the flight attendants are saying today....

The Sequester's Horrible Airport Waits Haven't Kicked In

March 4, 2013 Has the sequestration actually resulted in a huge increase to airport security wait times? We used the (not very helpful) tools available online to find out! A caveat at the outset. Sequestration has been in effect for three days. While the White House and Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano weren't...

Planned DHS Resignation Inspires an Hour of Political Fury

February 27, 2013 When Gary Mead sent notice of his planned resignation to colleagues, it's likely he didn't expect that the move would almost instantly become a furious topic in the boiling debate over the sequester. But this is the state of Washington's fever. Twitter quickly decided that Mead, an official with Immigration...

The Government Can't Be Sued for Secret Spying It Keeps Secret

February 27, 2013 A fresh bit of Kafka from the Supreme Court today: Since you can never be sure if the government is secretly spying on you, you can never sue the government for spying on you. And because unless you were actually spied upon by the government, you cannot sue to keep...

Better 3D-Printed Guns Will Not Wait for Congress — or the NRA

February 27, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With each day that passes, Congress' efforts to curb automatic weapons and high capacity magazines becomes more irrelevant — and maybe not so much because of politics as technology. In December, shortly after the Newtown shooting, attention turned to Defense Distributed, a libertarian group aiming to provide blueprints for firearms...

Commentary: No, really, regulate the bullets

December 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Defense Distributed hopes to create a shareable digital pattern that would allow anyone with a 3D printer to build his own gun. Download the pattern, send it to print, and within minutes you have a working firearm. No background check, no waiting period. While an initial test suggested that printed...

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