By Gene Healy | 09/16/13 05:51 PM
There’s an unhealthy dose of '80s nostalgia in the media reaction to the emerging Vladimir Putin-brokered settlement of the Syrian chemical weapons attack crisis. The punditocracy seems transfixed on Cold-War era concerns like, "Have the Russians made our president look weak?" But there's a...
By Gene Healy | 09/09/13 02:52 PM
Tuesday night, President Obama, who rose to the presidency on the strength of stirring speeches, goes back to the well with a prime-time address urging Congress to authorize an attack on Syria.
By Gene Healy | 09/02/13 07:31 PM
On Saturday, President Obama announced that — this once — he’ll do what the Constitution commands. It doesn’t seem appropriate to praise him for that, but our standards have fallen so low that we’re now actually surprised when a president seeks congressional authorization before waging...
By Gene Healy | 08/26/13 05:15 PM
Meet the new BOSS, short for Biometric Optical Surveillance System, a crowd-scanning technology under development for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
By Gene Healy | 08/19/13 05:20 PM
Most states have allowed cameras for decades, and the evidence suggests they've had positive effects. Whatever justification the federal ban once had, today it rests on the insulting notion that you're not mature enough to handle what goes on in the courtrooms you pay for.
By Gene Healy | 08/13/13 10:10 AM
Let President Obama be clear, will you? He seems to think it's important.
By Gene Healey | 08/05/13 07:15 PM
When former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked the existence of a massive spying program siphoning up Americans' personal phone records earlier this year, President Obama declared: "I welcome this debate and I think it's healthy for our democracy."
By Gene Healy | 07/29/13 05:35 PM
Rep. Justin Amash's unsuccessful July 24 effort to defund the National Security Agency's dragnet collection of Americans' call records failed in a close vote, 205 to 217. Thursday morning, New Jersey's Chris Christie threw a punch at surveillance skeptics like the Michigan Republican: "This...
By Gene Healey | 07/23/13 02:15 PM
"Police today embody all of the threats the Founders feared were posed by standing armies," investigative reporter Radley Balko charges in his important new book, "Rise of the Warrior Cop." In it, he lays out how that shift happened and how it might be reversed. Where Special Weapons and...
By Gene Healy | 07/15/13 05:00 PM
You'd hardly know it from the wall-to-wall coverage of the George Zimmerman case, but there's another trial going on that's at least as worthy of national attention. That's the 32-count federal racketeering indictment against James "Whitey" Bulger, a Boston mob kingpin linked to at least 19...
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