What Is Robert Mueller Looking For?

Robert Mueller is the special counsel appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in May 2017 to probe the nature and extent of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. The investigation began in October 2016 under President Barack Obama when the FBI took seriously the boast of Carter Page, one of candidate Donald Trump’s … Continue reading “What Is Robert Mueller Looking For?”

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”