Adam J. White

Adam J. White is an attorney living in Arlington, Virginia.

Secret Mistakes


It’s no secret: Critics of the Bush administration’s prosecution of the war on terror have grown increasingly livid with each leaked report of alleged civil liberties abuses. Less known, but no less true, is that the latest round of criticism has relied on discredited data. Last December’s revelations that the National Security Agency monitored international […]

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FDR’s Domestic Surveillance


IN A BOLD AND CONTROVERSIAL DECISION, the president authorized a program for the surveillance of communications within the United States, seeking to prevent acts of domestic sabotage and espionage. In so doing, he ignored a statute that possibly forbade such activity, even though high-profile federal judges had affirmed the statute’s validity. The president sought statutory […]

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Schlesinger Fails History


Presidents wage wars under history’s long shadows, and perhaps no shadow looms larger over President Bush’s Global War on Terror than does that of President Lincoln’s command in the Civil War. Rightly or wrongly, Bush’s proponents point to Lincoln in support of the current war’s specifics (say, military commissions) and generalities (say, Bush’s persistence in […]

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