enemies list

An enemies list has probably been a feature of politics as usual since it's beginnings. While the civic best practice is to criticise the action rather than villainize the person, those who follow the list of enemies approach will retaliate against the person any way they can. Since retaliation begets counter-retailiations it will tend to destablize democracies in a race to the bottom of pure power politics.

The Nixon administration however raised its maintenance to a high art. Effectively, anyone on the list could expect to be subjected to all forms of administrative, legal, technical and political barriers when advancing any view whatsoever, well beyond the mandated powers of the White House itself.

The Bush administration revived the enemies list in a revived form as the no-fly list, which included people who represented no risk to civil aviation whatsoever, but whom Bush wished to cited thatimpede in their finances, communications and meetings with others.

In May 2008, the Globe and Mail reported Stephen Harper's use of the Enemies list against senior civil servants. Harper claimed that his party recieved unfair treatment from officials nominated by the former Martin Government.