David Sarasohn

David Sarasohn is a columnist and managing editor for the Oregonian newspaper in Portland, Oregon.

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Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 11:05am
On Surveillance, Feds Are Listening but Not Talking
The office of James Clapper, director of national intelligence, doesn't have to tell us anything, including how much it already knows about us. But in a letter last month, from Director of Legislative Affairs Kathleen Turner, it was willing to admit a couple of things: "On at least one occasion the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held that some collection carried out pursuant to the FISA Section 702 minimization procedures used by the government was unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment."
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Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 11:13am
In Mud of Occupy Portland, Looking for a Seed
"Thank you for coming to visit what we're doing," beams the cheerful, curly headed 20-something standing at one of the corners of the Occupy Portland encampment Friday morning. "We're glad you're doing it," says Marian Wright Edelman, founder and head of the Children's Defense Fund. "Thank you for raising your voice."
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Sunday, June 3, 2007 - 2:34pm
Only Some Of Us Are At War -- The Rest Just Watch It On TV
For a bureaucratic policy, at least paragraph 11(a) of IAW Change 3, DOD Directive 5122.5 reads pretty clearly: "Names, video, identifiable written/oral descriptions or identifiable photographs of wounded service members will not be released without the service member's prior written consent." On the other hand, as David Carr of The New York Times recently pointed out, it has a considerable impact on what Americans see about the Iraq war.
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Saturday, May 12, 2007 - 1:21pm
As In Vietnam, Casualties Rise In Iraq While U.S. Dithers
Last week, in a ceremony that happens every year, the U.S. government added more names to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.Two of the new names carved into the wall were veterans who died recently from wounds they received decades ago in Vietnam. One died in 1966 in a weapons accident, and his parents finally persuaded the Navy to count him. All three are reminders that the shadows of a war extend for decades. In fact, they extend across future wars. And the decisions about when to get out of them.
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Friday, May 4, 2007 - 3:08pm
Bush Still Telling Us Stories About Iraq
Five years ago, as he was preparing to invade Iraq, President Bush told tales of how Saddam Hussein was inches away from nuclear weapons, and how the Iraqi regime had vague but threatening ties with Al-Qaida, and how his strategies were all about responding to 9/11. It was as terrifying as any ghost story, and the fact that his evidence was as insubstantial as any ghost didn't slow its repeated telling around the campfire of prime time.
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