A Conspiracy of Silence Assaults Privacy

During the past three weeks, Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed into law vast new powers for the NSA and the FBI to spy on innocent Americans and selectively to pass on to law enforcement the fruits of that spying. Those fruits can now lawfully include all fiber-optic data transmitted to or in the … Continue reading “A Conspiracy of Silence Assaults Privacy”

Did Donald Trump Change His Mind on Domestic Spying?

Late last week, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, repeated his public observations that members of the intelligence community – particularly the CIA, the NSA and the intelligence division of the FBI – are not trustworthy with the nation’s intelligence secrets. Because he has a security clearance at … Continue reading “Did Donald Trump Change His Mind on Domestic Spying?”

Congress Plotting To Cut a Hole in the 4th Amendment, Again

Hidden beneath the controversy stirred up last week by the publication of a book called Fire and Fury, a highly critical insider’s view of the Trump White House that the president has not only denounced on national television but also tried to prevent from being published and distributed, are the efforts of the Trump administration … Continue reading “Congress Plotting To Cut a Hole in the 4th Amendment, Again”

Yes, the Constitution Applies to the New York Bomber

For the second time in two months, someone who has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State has plotted to kill innocents in New York City and has executed his plot. According to police, at the height of the Monday morning rush hour this week, in an underground pedestrian walkway that I have used many times, … Continue reading “Yes, the Constitution Applies to the New York Bomber”

If You Can’t Change Your Mind, Change the Subject

On the heels of his worst week in office, during which his crude comments about race were widely perceived as defending racism and hatred – comments that sent some of his natural domestic allies fleeing – President Donald Trump could not bring himself to articulate a mea culpa. Instead, he purported to defend as "some … Continue reading “If You Can’t Change Your Mind, Change the Subject”

Spying on You, Spying on Me, Spying on the President

"The makers of our Constitution … conferred, as against the Government, the right to be let alone – the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men." ~ Justice Louis D. Brandeis, 1928 After the Watergate era had ended and Jimmy Carter was in the White House and the Senate’s Church Committee had attempted to grasp … Continue reading “Spying on You, Spying on Me, Spying on the President”

The Missiles of Holy Week and the Rule of Law

The history of the world is the history of violence. I had planned to write this column about the most critical act of violence in human history and its superhuman aftermath – the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter, which celebrates His resurrection in a few days, is the centerpiece of all Christian belief. … Continue reading “The Missiles of Holy Week and the Rule of Law”