John Schindler, the NSA ‘Spook’ Who Speaks His Mind
It takes a quick eye to keep up with John Schindler’s Twitter feed. Schindler, a former analyst at the National Security Agency, a former professor at the Naval War College, and a self-proclaimed “sometime provocateur,” fires off an average …
Rand Paul’s Faux-Libertarian Opposition to the Patriot Act
At Powerline this week, Steve Hayward penned a post aptly entitled “The Insincerity of Rand Paul.” The senator’s legal arguments against the Patriot Act, he posits, mimic papa Ron Paul’s 2003 calls for a formal declaration of war against …
Why Rand’s Second Filibuster Flopped
In Rand Paul’s most famous Senate filibuster, he roared, forcing the Obama administration to rule out using drone strikes to kill American citizens on U.S. soil without a trial. When he attempted to repeat that success last week, …
GOP Hawks Duel over NSA Reforms as Clock Ticks
As the Senate prepares to vote on the most controversial aspects of the Patriot Act, with traditional political coalitions scrambled by Edward Snowden’s National Security Agency leaks, conservative foreign policy hawks are burning the phones in the dueling lobbying …
Jeb Bush: Rand Paul Is ‘Wrong’ About Patriot Act
Former governor Jeb Bush (R., Fla.) dismissed Senator Rand Paul’s filibuster against the mass collection of phone records authorized by the Patriot Act, saying today that the National Security Agency program is constitutional.
“I think he’s wrong in …
Why Should Terrorists Be Harder to Investigate than Routine Criminals?
The 9/11 attacks exposed the dangerous wall separating the intelligence and law-enforcement communities. In response, Congress developed a number of tools to eliminate those barriers so that critical information could be timely and appropriately shared to address radical Islamic terrorism. Among …
NSA Data Collection: Necessary, or Unconstitutional?
Although the Obama administration refuses to say that the attempted massacre by two heavily armed assailants at a “draw Mohammed” contest in Garland, Texas, was an act of terrorism directed by ISIS, there is little doubt this was the case. …
It’s Time to Put an End to the NSA’s Bulk Collection of Americans’ Metadata
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly …
Is Rand Paul ‘Part of that Hate-America Crowd’?
Allahpundit predicts that if Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) and Representative Peter King (R., N.Y.) both run for president, they’ll end up shedding blood on a debate stage.
This weekend King decreed that Rand Paul doesn’t deserve to be …
Remember When Obama Assured Germans the NSA Was ‘Focused on Threats to Our Security’?
President Obama, speaking to Chancellor Merkel and the German people at a ceremony at Brandenberg Gate back in June:
James Madison is right — which is why, even as we remain vigilant about the threat of terrorism, we must move …
Carl’s Rock Songbook, No. 109, Ty Segall, “The Keepers”
Here’s the final bookend to my Songbook’s extended-over-a-coupla-years meditations on “the 60s dream in rock.” “The Keepers” sounds pretty late-60s or early-70s itself, but it’s from Ty Segall’s 2013 album Sleeper. Besides being a fine …
Why We Shouldn’t Trust the NSA with Our Metadata
Now is the weekend of our discontent, made glorious summer by this son of Ron. Or at least, it will be if Rand Paul finally manages to prevail in his crusade.
On Sunday the United States Senate will convene to …
Why National-Security Republicans Lost the Patriot Act Debate
The NSA doesn’t even know your name.
But you probably don’t know that. It is amazing how little the public has learned from the debate the national-security Right has lost — not is losing but has lost — …
Heritage Breaks with Rand on NSA
National Security Agency officials should continue to have the power to review phone-data records in pursuit of terrorists, albeit in a reformed manner, according to a rare Heritage Foundation report on the NSA released on the heels of Senator Rand …
Rand Paul Begins Filibuster of Patriot Act Renewal
Wednesday afternoon at 1:18 p.m., Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) broke up discussion on the Senate floor about a large trade deal with Asia, and began filibustering against the renewal of the Patriot Act. For weeks, Paul had been hinting that …
Christie Is Right: Rand Paul’s Fearmongering on NSA Surveillance Is ‘Baloney’
As Kentucky senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul prepares to filibuster a House bill to extend a controversial NSA counterterrorism program, one of his prospective campaign opponents, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, slammed Paul this week (without naming him) in …
Will Congress Reject Today’s Dangerous NSA Ruling by Reauthorizing the Patriot Act?
A federal appeals court in New York today grievously erred in blocking the National Security Agency’s collection of telephone metadata — the calling records, but not the conversations — to detect terrorist attacks. Stripped of its flawed reasoning, the …
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Making the NSA Jealous
Ernest Istook kindly mentions my book in his Washington Times column today:
Truth is stranger than fiction in Washington D.C. Every satire about government has a real-life counterpart. Much like the runaway bureaucracy in a great recent novel, President …
From the Los Angeles Times this morning:
If U.S. spying on key foreign leaders was news to the White House, current and former officials said, then White House officials have not been reading their briefing books.
Some U.S. …
Dear NSA: If You’re Not So Bad, Why Do Your Bosses Keep Lying to Us?
Big Morning Jolt today, with tough questions about what to do if the worst suspicions about Syria’s alleged chemical-weapons attack are true, another look at “the Separation of Celebrity and State” (Tabitha’s great headline), what NR has had to say …