Anthony Gregory Archive

Anthony Gregory is a Research Fellow at The Independent Institute. His articles have appeared in the San Diego Union-Tribune, East Valley Tribune (AZ), Contra Costa Times, The Star (Chicago, IL), Washington Times, Vacaville Reporter, Palo Verde Times, and other newspapers.
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The Fictionalized Surveillance State



Recent polling conducted by Amy Zegart at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation reveals an unsurprising degree of public uncertainty and confusion regarding the NSA. We should expect that, flooded with news reports, most Americans don’t know the exact contours of the program. What caught my eye, however, was this little nugget,...
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David Eckert and the Reality of the American Police State



David Eckert failed to make a complete stop at a stop sign after shopping at a Wal-Mart in Deming, New Mexico. Police asked him to step out of his vehicle. They said he appeared to be clenching his buttocks, citing this as probable cause to search his anal cavity for drugs. While detaining him,...
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The Whole Surveillance State Must Go



The NSA surveillance scandal has awakened Americans to their dwindling privacy rights. Now is the time to stand up and consistently defend the Fourth Amendment. For years, the government has spied on all our financial dealings, our medical records, our bank transactions. Liberals shrugged because it all served to build the regulatory state they...
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Is the Drug War Toast?



Public opinion now decisively favors legalizing marijuana. Fifty-eight percent of Americans want the war on pot to stop. Once marijuana is legal, the drug war as we know it will need a new life breathed into it to survive. Pot accounts for the vast majority of arrests and illicit drug users. It is much...
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The Myth of the Civil Libertarian Democrat



J.D. Tuccille has an insightful post prompted by a progressive blogger’s admonition against left-liberals working with libertarians to protest the NSA. Watson, the progressive, warns that “the presence of anti-government laissez-faire wingers at the beating heart of the privacy movement will surely sour the very political actors that movement desperately needs to make actual....
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Crisis Averted



I guess we’re supposed to feel grateful that the congressional leadership has come around to a deal to stop the shutdown and prevent a default. The details emerge as I write this, but it looks like the compromise essentially continues financing everything until after the holidays. As for Obamacare, over which the Republicans claimed...
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America’s Prisons: The Worst National Disgrace



The U.S. correctional system is the worst of America’s domestic disgraces. More people languish behind bars in the United States than in any other country, except perhaps China if we factor in the unknown numbers in labor camps. As the Economist summed it up: America has around 5% of the world’s population, and 25% of...
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The Shutdown Is Upon Us



“The vast machinery of the federal government began grinding to a halt” this morning, according to the New York Times. The Smithsonian museums and national zoo are closed. Parks are shuttered. Visa and passport applicants will have their approvals delayed. Most NASA employees aren’t going to work. These conspicuous inconveniences characterize the shutdown, as...
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The Standing Army Marches On



When the Constitution’s Framers adopted the 3rd Amendment, prohibiting the peacetime quartering of soldiers, they had fresh on their minds the experience of the British occupation of Boston, the use of armed enforcers to conduct searches without traditionally restrictive warrants, and the overall spectacle of government officials heavily armed in a military capacity patrolling...
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The Emperor in Denial



President Obama tries to have it both ways when talking of American foreign policy. He sold himself to the public in 2008 as a more prudential steward of U.S. power. He would avoid “dumb wars,” as he had called the Iraq fiasco in a speech years before. He would save money by bringing the...
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