Monthly Archives: December 2017

Todd Miller Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, & Homeland Security


Todd Miller has researched and written about border issues for more than 15 years. His work has appeared in the New York Times, TomDispatch, The Nation, Guernica, Al Jazeera English, and Common Dreams, among other places.  He has written two books: Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security and the recently released Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security ,  both published by City Lights. He is currently at work on another project investigating the extension of the U.S. border regime abroad–to places far away from U.S. territorial boundaries, but well within its political and economic sphere of influence. He is a contributing editor on border and immigration issues for the North American Congress on Latin America Report on the Americas and its column “Border Wars”.

” Since the 1990s, the restoration project has embedded galvanized wire cages, called gabions, on the banks and beds of washes.

Miller pic 8.pngThese gabions are filled to the brim with rocks and go as far as 18 feet deep into the ground.

dsc-0370.jpg  At first glance, they have the striking appearance of an intricate stone wall, a contrast to the border barrier just 100 yards away.


But instead of keeping people out, they were built to be sponges shaped to the contour of the streambed and riverbank, slowing the water and replenishing the soil with life.


Before they were built, rushing water from monsoon storms would take topsoil and leave cutting erosion. Now, there is water year-round.” – Todd Miller, journalist for Edible Baja


Jon D. Michaels CONSTITUTIONAL COUP: Privatization’s Threat to the American Republic

Professor Jon D. Michaels’ scholarly and teaching interests include constitutional law, administrative law, national security law, the separation of powers, presidential power, regulation, bureaucracy, and privatization.

After a very distinguished education including Oxford and Yale Universities, he clerked, first for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and then for Justice David Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court. Immediately prior to his appointment at UCLA, he worked as an associate in Arnold & Porter’s National Security Law and Public Policy Group in Washington, DC.

We discuss his book, CONSTITUTIONAL COUP: PRIVATIZATION’S THREAT TO THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC, which is both a history and an analysis of privatization, and the rise of what he calls ” Pax Administrativa.” It is published by Harvard University Press.

We begin with an article by Matthew Cole & Jeremy Scahill in The Intercept:
“Trump White House Weighing Plans for Private Spies to Counter ‘Deep State'”

We also referred to Professor Michaels’ essay, “First Tragedy, Now Farce”: