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secretary of war

  • n  head of a former executive department; combined with the Navy Secretary to form the Defense Secretary in 1947
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  • Lincoln's Surveillance State
    An anonymous reader writes "The N.S.A.'s program is indeed alarming — but not, from a historical perspective, unprecedented. And history suggests that we should worry less about the surveillance itself and more about when the war in whose name the surveillance is being conducted will end. In 1862, after President Abraham Lincoln appointed him secretary of war, Edwin M. Stanton penned a letter to ...
    July 6, 2013 - Slashdot

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