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(Originally posted on the Readers Forum at the Contra Costa (Calif.) Times online.) In fall 1964, as a second-year graduate student at UC Berkeley, I was part of the Free Speech Movement, a semesterlong struggle with administrators that was triggered by the regents' unilateral decision to...
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Earlier this year, the New York Times reported that the FBI had revised its "Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide," which serves as a handbook for the bureau's 14,000 agents. The amended manual, which supersedes the original December 2008 edition, is one more step in the FBI's ongoing...
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The Occupy Wall Street protests that began in New York City and are now spreading to dozens of other cities across the nation, including Sacramento, are heartening—not only for their underlying I’m-mad-as-hell-and-I’m-not-gonna-take-it-anymore sentiment, but because they represent the kernel of...
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On the night of April 4, 1918, nearly a year to the day that the United States entered World War I, Robert Paul Prager, a 30-year-old German immigrant, and by some accounts a radical socialist, was lynched by a mob of "patriots" outside Collinsville, Ill., a small market center and coal-mining town...
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