by | Sep 6, 2019

“Tickling the wire”: That’s the slang expression used by law enforcement personnel to describe the process of trying to breathe life into a moribund or unproductive wiretap. When the subjects of such surveillance fail to discuss their criminal activities over…

by | Jul 22, 2019

In the 1940s, my parents lived in a small Georgia town where my father had his dental practice. He was friends with the chief of police and on good terms with many of the patrolmen. The police station was on…

by | Jun 25, 2019

The House recently voted against an amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Section 702, proposed by Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and  Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.). FISA Section 702, which was authorized as an addition to the 1978 FISA Act…

by | May 8, 2019

What do you call a country where the police and the intelligence agencies spy on an opposition party? Russia? Because that’s what we’ve become, and the question is what should be done about it. For the last two years the…

by | Apr 28, 2019

Washington The “what if” question of President Donald Trump’s presidency is this: How would Trump have entered office if then-FBI Director James Comey had not told him about a “dossier” on Trump’s ties with Russia — which major news organizations…

by | Feb 14, 2019

It is clear that the United States government, far more than the Russian one, interfered in the 2016 campaign. Figures throughout the Obama administration were using their power to investigate Hillary Clinton’s opponent and leaking that information to pols like…

by | Jan 25, 2019

The arrest of Roger Stone was accomplished without bloodshed or, for that matter, gunfire. But the FBI must have been convinced that this was no sure thing. It arrived, after all, at Stone’s home before dawn and one assumes that…

by | Jan 18, 2019

Failed presidential hopeful David French sees nothing wrong with the American federal police force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, investigating their commanding officer because he possesses policies they don’t like. It’s absolutely fine, according to French and other Never Trump…

by | Dec 17, 2018

Long ago, when my three wonderful daughters were in grade school, they regularly conversed over the telephone with a rather unique life coach. They called him “Uncle Al.” He was, in fact, a member of the Mafia and one of…

by | Sep 29, 2018

Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is a “great conservative.” Or, at least that’s what Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) argued on his way out of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday. The reason for this bizarre (and inaccurate) praise? Senator Flake opted to…

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