Tara McKelvey, a senior editor at the Prospect, is a research fellow at NYU School of Law's Center on Law and Security and the author of Monstering: Inside America’s Policy on Secret Interrogations and Torture in the Terror War.
Tara McKelveyMar 04, 2004
On February 6, President Bush announced the formation of an independent commission that would look at the nation's intelligence capabilities, "especially our intelligence about weapons of mass destruction," he said. Then he added, perhaps a tad defensively given the way things have worked out in Iraq, "The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction poses the most serious of dangers to the peace of the world." Unfortunately, the person chosen to become co-chair of this all-important commission is a judge named Laurence Silberman from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. "Picking Silberman verges on the brazen," said U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada on the Senate floor February 11. "It's a thumb in the eye to those who are looking for a real investigation." So who is this "thumb," exactly? Silberman, 68, served as a member of a Reagan-Bush advisory group in the 1980s and was appointed to the bench by President Reagan in 1985. Now that he's again taken on a...
Tara McKelveyJan 15, 2004
Brian Reich says he had a tough time in Economics 101 at the University of Michigan. There were 550 students in the auditorium, and the professor didn't really like to explain concepts like supply and demand. He figured the concepts were self-evident. Reich even kept a scorecard on how often his professor dismissed a question. Every time he said, "Come on, this stuff is really simple," Reich checked off a box on a piece of paper. At the end of the class, Reich would show his friends how many marks the professor had gotten. Did keeping score help Reich learn? Well, not entirely. He failed the course. "I will never become an expert in economics," he admits. Still, he says he picked up something about markets, the Laffer Curve and trade in general. "The scorecards kept us awake while we were learning," says Reich, who's now 26 and a Boston-based director of the Internet strategy firm mindshare.net. Now he wants you -- and about a million other Americans, or as many as he can get -- to...