Law Enforcement

The Obama factor (3)

Featured image City Journal’s Myron Magnet argues that President Obama has set back race relations in the United States by 50 years and accordingly deserves recognition as America’s worst president. Toward the end of his column Magnet observes: True to form, Obama went into grievance-mongering mode on July 7, commenting on the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by cops in Louisiana and Minnesota. He noted that “all of us as »

Who speaks for America?

Featured image We live in a strange time. The president of the United States has made himself a cross between a spokesman of, and a counselor to, the racial arsonists of the Black Lives Matter crowd. He lies about the criminal justice system. At a time of national peril, Obama seems to have something other than the best interests of the United States in mind, and not just on matters racial. By »

The Obama factor (2)

Featured image Obama’s statement in Warsaw on the shootings in Baton Rouge and Falcon Heights refers to racial disparities while omitting any acknowledgement of the related behavioral disparities that account for them. The implication that they represent a racist criminal justice system at play is a lie of the bald-faced variety. The dirty little secret of the assault on law enforcement in the name of racial disparities is the underlying behavioral disparities »

The Obama factor

Featured image Speaking in Warsaw, President Obama felt compelled to weigh in on the killing of Alton Sterling (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) and Philando Castile (Falcon Heights, Minnesota) in encounters with the police. He did so in his usual style before the blood was dry and before the facts were in. The White House has posted the video of Obama’s remarks here and the text here (on Facebook). For the record, I’m posting »

James Comey’s baffling testimony (2)

Featured image I found several points in FBI Director Comey’s testimony today (and his statement on Tuesday) baffling. I only saw parts of his testimony today; if I missed testimony addressing any of these points, please forgive me. Here are a few that baffle me. The imposition of an element of specific intent on section 793(f): where did this come from? Comey elaborated on this in his opening statement. I found it »

Thoughts on the Comey comedy

Featured image I sensed an underlying anger in FBI Director James Comey’s remarks as he spoke Tuesday morning. I thought the anger might have come from his having to lay out the facts that warranted charges against Clinton at the time that he felt himself required to issue her a pass. His recitation of factual findings was devastating. I think the anger may also have derived from his understanding of the Clintontian »

Comey comedy, Comey comity

Featured image Listening attentively to FBI Director Comey’s announcement this morning (text here), one could hear him shredding each of Hillary Clinton’s excuses, evasions, lies and deceits regarding her use of private email server to conduct official business. He described her handling of national defense information as “extremely careless,” conduct that precisely fits the violation of section 793(f) of the Espionage Act, not to mention other possibly applicable laws. You can read »

“Minnesota men” go to trial (5)

Featured image Charles Lister remained on the witness stand for the entire day yesterday. He will retake the stand this morning. Lister is an expert on the Syrian civil war and the groups fighting it out. His most recent book is in fact The Syrian Jihad: Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State and the Evolution of an Insurgency. The government has called Lister to provide the background on ISIS in Syria, the intended destination »

It depends on the meaning of “review”

Featured image In one of his periodic briefings for reporters, FBI Director James Comey was asked about Hillary Clinton’s characterization of the FBI’s work on matters related to her private email server as a li’l old “security review” or “security inquiry.” Josh Gerstein reports: Clinton and her team have made a point of not describing the FBI’s work as an “investigation,” but alternately as a “security review” or “security inquiry.” They’ve also »

The threat from “Hollywood man”

Featured image Late last month someone in the circle of “Hollywood [Florida] man” James Medina tipped the FBI to him. Working on the informer’s tip, the FBI conducted an operation to intercept Medina before he fulfilled his dream of blowing up a synagogue in Aventura, Florida. “I feel like it’s my calling,” Medina explained as he prepared to do his thing. “Whatever happens, it’s for the glory of Allah.” In federal court »

More evidence of our under-incarceration problem

Featured image I’ve argued that America has an under-incarceration problem. Criminals whose records clearly show they should be in jail have, instead, been released and are on the streets committing violent crimes, including some very bloody, high-profile ones. Here’s another example. Samuel Harviley, paroled from prison less than three months ago, is being held without bond for shooting an off-duty Chicago police officer outside his home earlier this week. In withholding bond, »

Concern about crime soars; non-whites most concerned

Featured image A new Gallup poll finds that 53 percent of Americans worry “a great deal” about crime and violence. This figure represents a 15-year high. Two years ago, only 39 percent worried a great deal about these problems. Last year, 43 percent did. No wonder bipartisan legislation that would free thousands of federal criminals and reduce sentences for various drug crimes going forward has stalled. Speaking of illegal drugs, the Gallup »

Follow that Muhammad

Featured image In the case of the five “Minnesota men” charged with seeking to join ISIS that is pending trial in May, prosecutors have given notice that they intend to introduce evidence that a member of the defendant Mohamed Farah’s defense team has been preaching jihad. That would be Imam Hassan Ali Mohamud, a legal assistant at the firm of P. Chinedu Nwaneri. Judge Davis ordered the parties to file their responses »

Federal overreach and the war on standards

Featured image The Justice Department has instructed local courts throughout America about how to treat people who violate local ordinances. DOJ has already sued Ferguson, Missouri for allegedly violating citizens rights by virtue of its treatment of people who run afoul of local rules and refuse to pay the resulting fines. Now, Vanita Gupta, head of DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, has sent a warning letter that, in her words, “articulate[s] a set »

The Duke lacrosse case revisited

Featured image Stuart Taylor, Jr. and KC Johnson wrote the definitive book on the Duke lacrosse case with the apt title Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case. The case continues to resonate; it represents a sort of reductio ad absurdum for the wretched disgrace of political correctness on campus. As such, it proved both a harbinger and a template. Ten years after the »

Christie skips N.J. trooper’s funeral for Trump

Featured image Donald Trump likes to say that law enforcement officers are the “most mistreated people” in America. He may be right. Clearly, law enforcement officers are insufficiently respected. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie showed insufficient respect for law enforcement officers when he skipped the funeral of New Jersey State Trooper Sean Cullen. The 31 year-old officer was struck by a motorist last week while responding to a car fire on New »

How secret is it? (14)

Featured image In their most recent update on the Clinton email investigation, Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne report that the FBI has interviewed Bryan Pagliano, the assistant who set up Clinton’s insecure private server for her official State Department business. Having received some form of immunity, Pagliano “has told the FBI a range of details about how her personal email system was set up, according to an intelligence source close to the »