Has Hillary Clinton created a national security disaster?

Featured image Most coverage of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server (including mine) has focused on whether she lied about her usage and whether she violated the law. This focus is natural because Clinton is running for president. Presumably, only partisan Democrats are likely to support a liar and even some of them might balk at backing a criminal. But Stanley Kurtz looks at a different and vital question, namely »

Hillary Staffer to Plead the Fifth on Email Server

Featured imageThe Washington Post reported tonight that Bryan Pagliano, a Hillary Clinton staffer who worked on her campaign in 2008 and set up her private email server in 2009 will plead the 5th Amendment in response to a Congressional subpoena: A former State Department staffer who worked on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private e-mail server tried this week to fend off a subpoena to testify before Congress, saying he would assert his »

Treason of the Professors

Featured imageWilliam Bradford is an Associate Professor of Law, National Security, and Strategy at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., and at the National Defense College in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He has a Ph.D. from Northwestern and an LL.M. from Harvard. Bradford was briefly a professor at the U.S. Military Academy. He authored a long–almost book-length–article in the Spring/Summer 2015 volume of the National Security Law Journal titled »

Trump on Dr. Carson: How many jobs did he create?

Featured imageAfter Ben Carson had the audacity to tie Donald Trump in a poll of likely Iowa GOP caucus-goers, I speculated that Trump would not be able to resist going after the good doctor. As if on cue, Trump has done it. Jamie Weinstein of the Daily Caller reports that Trump says he has great affection for Ben Carson, but questions whether Carson has the right experience to be president. I »

Washington Post offers glimpses of Hillary’s legal jeopardy

Featured imageThe Washington Post reported today about the latest batch of classified emails found on Hillary Clinton’s private server. The story appears at page 5 of the print edition. The piece by Carol Leonig and Rosalind Helderman is reasonably informative and not particularly biased. (The headline in the print edition is “Clinton wrote, sent classified emails on private server;” the online edition offers a more pro-Clinton spin: “Clinton, using private server, »

Climate: The Road to Paris Hits a Glacier

Featured imageThe climatistas are gearing up to a big summit in Paris at the end of November, where it is hoped and expected that a major new global climate treaty will emerge—the successor to the failed 1997 Kyoto Protocol. As we get closer to the summit, I’ll go through the Obama Administration’s “potluck dinner/stone soup” strategy to ensure that this summit doesn’t collapse in failure like the Copenhagen summit in 2009. »

Wednesday’s Obligatory Trump Post

Featured imageWhile wandering around the streets of downtown Helsinki a couple weeks ago, waiting for a Finnish folk ensemble to begin their performance of what sounded like whale screeches accompanied by cello and drums, I saw two people wander by with books in Finnish about . . . Donald Trump. And more than once foreigners asked me about Trump. He’s the biggest American export to hit Europe since . . . »

Clinton emails contained top secret info derived from satellite spying on North Korean nukes

Featured imageThe latest batch of classified emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server includes information that may well be sufficient to establish that she violated 18 U.S.C. Section 793. However, as I mentioned here, we already knew that “top secret” information on her server derived from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which performs aerial surveillance, had triggered FBI concern in the first place. Even without knowing what, specifically, the information pertained to, it »

Can all these talking heads be right?

Featured imageThe Washington Free Beacon has worked up a video (below) documenting the collective wisdom of the punditocracy regarding Madam Hillary’s email problem. “Analysis: It’s not going away.” Can all these talking heads be right? Let’s put it this way. They aren’t going out on a limb with their prediction. »

CRB: The politics of Star Trek

Featured imageWe are winding down our preview of the new (Summer) issue of the Claremont Review of Books. Subscribe here for the heavily subsidized price of $19.95 and get online access thrown in for free. Tomorrow we will conclude the preview with a book review bonus taking up the new book by my friend Michael Paulsen. Today it is time for something completely different. I have led a sheltered life. I »

Did Hillary violate the law against disclosing defense information? A preliminary analysis

Featured imageLast night, I suggested that, pending a review of the just-released batch of emails from Hillary Clinton’s server, we should contemplate a section of the U.S. Code that Clinton may have violated — 18 U.S.C. Section 793(f). 24 hours after the release of these emails, we can now contemplate (but not reach firm conclusions as to) how Clinton’s conduct stacks up against Section 793(f). First, let’s again examine the statutory »

Media Alert

Featured imageI will be discussing Hillary Clinton’s emails and their criminal law implications on the Todd Herman show on KTTH 770 AM in Seattle. I’ll be on around 4:30 Pacific Time for two segments. »

Iran Deal Reaches Veto Threshold

Featured imageSenator Barbara Mikulski announced this morning that she will vote for the Iran nuclear deal. This gives President Obama 34 supporters in the Senate. The Associated Press hails this announcement as a big win for President Obama: President Barack Obama secured a landmark foreign policy victory Wednesday as Senate Democrats amassed enough votes to ensure the Iran nuclear deal survives in Congress, despite ferocious opposition from Republicans and the government »

Can “Liberalism” Be Reclaimed from the Left?

Featured imageHarvey Mansfield remarked a while back that “the job of conservatism is to save liberalism from liberals.” The left may be giving us an unintended assist with this project.  One of the best things to happen to political discourse in recent years is that many leftists stopped calling themselves “liberal,” and adopted “progressive” instead. Even Hillary Clinton for a time, back around 2007, said “I’m not a liberal—I’m a progressive.” »

Black Lives Natter in St. Paul

Featured imageThe local Black Lives Matter movement took to the streets again in St. Paul yesterday. The marchers, some 40 in all, marched by the Governor’s mansion on Summit Avenue to protest Governor Mark Dayton’s disparagement of their State Fair protest this past weekend as “inappropriate.” That’s stern stuff coming from a liberal Democrat; the Black Lives Matter crowd is not used to that kind of disrespect. Indeed, that is precisely »

More Than Half of Immigrants on Public Assistance

Featured imageThe Center for Immigration Studies is out with a blockbuster report that finds 51 percent of immigrant households—both legal and illegal—receive some kind of public assistance, versus just 30 percent of native households. Whether immigrants contribute more to total economic activity or public revenues greater than they receive in benefits is not addressed in this report, and remains a subject of fierce controversy. From the executive summary: This study is »

Hillary’s Email Scandal? Rush Limbaugh Made Her Do It! [Updated]

Featured imageIn the current issue of the New Yorker, Steve Coll, Dean of the Columbia University School of Journalism, has a brief piece on Hillary Clinton’s private email problems. He traces the current scandal to…Rush Limbaugh! Hillary Clinton, in her memoir “Living History,” recounts her struggle to defend her privacy while residing in the White House. Some of her stories have a gothic tone. After Bill Clinton’s first inauguration, Harry and »