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Richard A. Posner


Judge, U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals; Author, Breaking the Deadlock.

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The Danger in “Fixing” the CIA

by Richard A. Posnervia Hoover Digest
Saturday, July 30, 2005

Despite opinion to the contrary, our nation’s intelligence services are not broken, nor can they be “fixed” simply by reshuffling the CIA’s organizational chart. The true strengths—and limitations—of our country’s spy agencies. By Richard A. Posner.

Preventing Surprise Attacks: Intelligence Reform in the Wake of 9/11

by Richard A. Posnervia Books by Hoover Fellows
Tuesday, March 22, 2005

The commission to investigate the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States issued its final report in July of 2004, in which it recommended a dramatic overhaul of the nation's intelligence system. Congress responded by hastily enacting the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, which adopts many of the 9/11 commission's specific recommendations, though with a number of alterations.

DISORDER IN THE COURT: The Supreme Court and the 2000 Election

with Pamela S. Karlan, Richard A. Posnervia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, November 14, 2001

On December 12, 2000, the Supreme Court of the United States brought an end to thirty-six days of dramatic vote recounts and legal challenges in the state of Florida. The decision let stand the initial results of Florida's election, which gave the state's electoral votes, and thus the Presidency, to George W. Bush. What was the legal justification for the Supreme Court's decision? Should the Court have intervened in the first place? And what precedent did the Court create for future elections?