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May 15, 2008

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kk

On the other hand, faced with such a politically and emotionally charged topic, perhaps a reminder (albeit a bit condescending one) that legal decisions are made within a case law framework, and to try to have some case law basis for one's counterargument is not necessarily a bad thing.

Joe Mullin

Fair enough. The reminder that there's a case law background is worth making. I should note that Greenwald posted an update that responds to my comments & others.

I don't think he really meant to say others shouldn't join in the debate (ultimately his blog and work as a pundit himself rely on the controversy). But it did come off sounding that way.

I think what interested me here is how easily the language of expertise slips into the language of jargon, hierarchy and exclusion. ("One must have read..", "anyone who criticizes..")

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