Hearsay

Faculty Short Takes

Illustration
Wes Duvall

From left: Zittrain, Tribe, Heymann, Palfrey, Mack, Goldsmith, and Stuntz

The Laws in Wartime

Professor Jack Goldsmith
Slate Magazine, April 2

“We are surprisingly close to putting policy issues in the war on terrorism on a sound legal footing appropriate for the long term. The most important issue for the next administration to resolve is the system for incapacitating terrorists. Beyond that, what the next president most needs to fix are appearances and processes in dealing with the public, Congress, and the world.”

Fighting the Online Drug Corner

Professor Philip B. Heymann ’60 with Mathea Falco, president of Drug Strategies
The Washington Post, March 15

“The corporations whose services facilitate online drug sales to our children should have taken action years ago. It is not enough for Congress to try once more to target foreign dealers who are beyond the reach of our laws. The way to curtail online sales of dangerous drugs is to enlist American credit card companies, search engines and Internet service providers in the fight.”

Even at Harvard, Obama Had a Knack for Bonding with Diverse People

Professor Kenneth Mack ’91
Harrisburg Patriot-News, Feb. 17

“From the beginning, Barack struck me as a person who confounded labels of every sort. He was only three years older than me and many of the other students, but he easily seemed a decade older. Most of us knew that he had been a community organizer in Chicago. Many people expected him to be interested mainly in urban politics, but the first impression he made was that of a worldly-wise person who could talk as easily about national security and international relations as he could about tax relief and education policy.”

The Inconvenient Truths of 2008

Professor William J. Stuntz
The Weekly Standard, Feb. 18

“[I]f the next president wins by promising limitless spending with limited taxes or a costless retreat in Iraq, voters should not blame the winning candidate. In politics as in markets, customers rule; we usually get the leaders we want. The trick is to want the right leaders. We might start by asking who tells us the truth—even, or especially, when it hurts.”

Sanity and the Second Amendment

Professor Laurence Tribe ’66
The Wall Street Journal, March 4

“Under any plausible standard of review, a legislature’s choice to limit the citizenry to rifles, shotguns and other weapons less likely to augment urban violence need not, and should not, be viewed as an unconstitutional abridgment of the right of the people to keep or bear arms.”

Choices for Turkey in a Digital Age

Visiting Professor Jonathan Zittrain ’95 and Professor John Palfrey ’01
Turkish Daily News, March 5

“If Turkey decides to clamp down on Internet activity, it will be lending aid to those who seek to see the Internet chopped into a series of local networks —the China Wide Web, the Iran Wide Web, and so forth—rather than continuing to build a truly World Wide Web. For Turkey, and for the global community, the Internet is worth saving.”


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