Scott Horton Interviews Paul Verkuil

Scott Horton, May 07, 2008

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Paul Verkuil, professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and author of Outsourcing Sovereignty: Why Privatization of Government Functions Threatens Democracy and What We Can Do About It, discusses the increasing privatization of government, the new phenomenon of the hiring out of the actual enforcement functions of the state, the lack of adequate oversight and criminal accountability and how the many domestic functions of government being privatized are making it even worse and the beginnings of Congressional interest in curtailing the worst excesses.

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Paul Verkuil is a professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. His research emphasis is in administrative law, and government regulation. Professor Verkuil was dean of the Cardozo Law School from 1997 to 2001. He has served on the law faculty of the University of North Carolina, as dean of Tulane Law School, and as president of the College of William and Mary. Professor Verkuil is co-author of Administrative Law and Process (4th ed. 2004) and Regulation and Deregulation (2nd ed. 2004).

2 Responses to “Paul Verkuil”

  1. According to Dr Bob Bowman, former chief of US Air Force Missile Defense, missile defense is the missing link to a First Strike. Dr Bob Bowman thinks missiles in Poland will be very useful to shoot down any surviving Russian missiles after a First Strike. Therefore the Russians will implement Launch On Warning. The terrible consequences of a mistake will be caused by the PentagonĀ“s drive for a disarming, unanswerable first-strike capability. Dr Bob Bowman agrees that the Pentagon will get a disarming first-strike capability by 2011/12. Acc. to former Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge-www.plrc.org-the US Navy can track and destroy all enemy subs simultaneously. The main danger is Russian Launch On Warning because of US First-Strike Capability. Please read Keir Lieber and Daryl Press, “The Rise of US Nuclear Primacy”, 2006 March/April issue of Foreign Affairs. By 2011/12 the Pentagon will have achieved that the Russians have no choice but Launch on Warning. A First-Strike Capability inevitably leads to Nuclear War, probably by accident due to Russian Launch On Warning which they will implement by 2011/12 because they will have no other means of defense.

  2. if they want to avoid war crimes then they are private and not subject to military treaties. BUT when they get sued then they are part of the government and allowed to murder at will like the military. How are people hired to kill who are not officially military, anything different than a ot of hitmen?

    Blackwater and co are nothing but modern privateers. (on land)

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