Law Enforcement

Meet the Mustafa Family

Featured image Working for a Minneapolis-based bank holding company over a period of years, I learned that the Twin Cities are the hub of significant international crime, some of it believed to be related to the financing of terrorist organizations. See, for example, my 2007 post “Who Wazwaz that masked man?” Even so, this surprised me. Yesterday state and federal authorities disclosed the indictment of 20 members of a Twin Cities-based crime »

DREAMers From My President

Featured image The Christian Science Monitor reports on the tidal wave of would-be DREAMers (that would be Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) seeking the ministrations of Barack Obama in a story by Mark Sappenfield. Sappenfield doesn’t put it that way, but his account rightly notes that “the numbers are stark.” He writes: The Obama administration has linked the trend [of unaccompanied minors crossing the border] to unrest in Central American »

Abu Ghaith convicted

Featured image Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law — one Sulaiman Abu Ghaith — was found guilty today of conspiring to kill Americans and of providing material support to terrorists in federal district court in New York. According to the Wall Street Journal, the conviction “bolsters the arguments of those who contend that civilian courts, rather than military commission, are suitably equipped to handle terrorism prosecutions.” I’m not buying that for a minute. Indeed, »

Our Criminal Justice System? It’s a Crime

Featured image One of the hallmarks of a totalitarian state is that there are so many laws and regulations that no one can possibly know what they are, let alone obey them. Thus everyone is a criminal, and only the despot’s discretion separates the solid citizen from the criminal. Unfortunately, the United States is rapidly approaching–if it has not already reached–this dystopian status. So Glenn Reynolds’s great column in USA Today should »

Taking down D’Souza

Featured image Brad Smith is the Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Designated Professor of Law at Capital University Law School and the former chairman of the Federal Election Commission. He is also the chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics as well as the author of Unfree Speech: The Folly of Campaign Finance Reform. Professor Smith brings his expertise on campaign finance law and regulation to bear on the prosecution of »

Obama at war — first with the Little Sisters of the Poor, now with the Fraternal Order of Police

Featured image President Obama has nominated Debo Adegbile to be Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. Adegbile is best known for heading up the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s race-based assault on the integrity of a dead Philadelphia police office in a quest to get his murderer, Mumia Abu-Jamal, off of death row. Adegbile is thus the perfect nominee to serve in the position held during most of the Obama administration »

What to do about weed

Featured image David Brooks and Ruth Marcus both oppose the legalization of marijuana, but for somewhat different reasons. Marcus opposes legalization (which has occurred in Colorado and Washington State) because our society, and in particular our children, will be less healthy with another legal mind-altering substance. She cites the American Medical Association, which has recommended against legalization because: Cannabis is a dangerous drug and as such is a public health concern. It »

From Snowden with love

Featured image Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden conceives of himself as a citizen of the world, or of the realm of Digitalia. He does not sound like anyone to be trusted with an assessment on our behalf the costs and benefits of the course of action he has undertaken, yet he remains the subject of adulation among our libertarian friends. That is not to say that the NSA should be free of »

Whatever happened to the Constitution? cont’d

Featured image The Progressive assault on the Constitution of limited government and divided powers succeeded in the creation of the apparatus of the administrative state. In the administrative state, executive branch agencies exercise judicial and legislative powers. The assumption of royal or dictatorial powers by the president has grown up along with the administrative state. President Obama has accelerated the process and aggravated the phenomenon. We have previously quoted Professor Jean Yarbrough: »

Leaving on a jet plane

Featured image In our own backyard here in Minneapolis we have been treated to a new twist on an old story. The story of a kid running away from home is familiar, but running away without a ticket via a commercial flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas is something new under the sun. That is the story — the Star Tribune reports it here — of the anonymous nine-year-old who hightailed it »

(Not) Letten it be

Featured image This past August we found the video of James O’Keefe’s latest Project Veritas venture in this Campus Reform post by Josiah Ryan. In the video former United States Attorney James Letten exhausts his vocabulary of invective in calling out O’Keefe. “You are a nasty cowardly little spud, all of you, you’re hobbits,” Letten shouts. Running a little short of ammo, he added: “You are less than I can ever tell »

How do you misplace 420 million cigarettes?

Featured image In a sidebar to the rollout of Obamacare, the Associated Press reports on the latest Inspector General report involving the good works of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Administration (ATF): Government agents acting without authorization conducted dozens of undercover investigations of illegal tobacco sales, misused some of $162 million in profits from the stings and lost track of at least 420 million cigarettes, the Justice Department’s inspector general said Wednesday. »

Letten it be

Featured image I found the video of James O’Keefe’s latest Project Veritas venture in this Campus Reform post by Josiah Ryan. In the video former United States Attorney James Letten exhausts his vocabulary of invective in calling out O’Keefe. “You are a nasty cowardly little spud, all of you, you’re hobbits,” Letten shouts. Running a little short of ammo, he adds: “You are less than I can ever tell you. You are »

On the IRS case

Featured image FBI Director Robert Mueller appeared before the House Judiciary Committee yesterday. Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan had a few questions about the FBI’s investigation of the IRS scandal. With a few basic questions about the case, Jordan stumped Mueller. Language note: It’s always a bad sign — indeed, it echoes Watergate’s “at this point in time” — when the witness limits his answer to “this juncture.” »

Suspicious Minds

Featured image The Daily Mail has a colorful report on the release of Elvis impersonator Kevin Curtis from custody for sending the ricin-laced mail to Senator Roger Wicker and President Obama: Charges have been dropped against a Mississippi man charged with sending ricin-laced poison letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a state judge after his lawyer argued that he has been framed by a former friend. “I’ve never heard »

Philosopher king for the nanny state

Featured image Bowdoin College government professor Jean Yarbrough takes up the case of Bowdoin College philosophy professor Sarah Conly in the RCP column “Zero calories to zero population.” In her RCP column Professor Yarbrough responds to Professor Conly’s New York Times column “Three cheers for the nanny state,” defending Mayor Bloomberg’s attempt to ban supersize sodas within his jurisdiction. I think it’s fair to say that Professor Yarborough gives Professor Conly three »

The company Columbia keeps

Featured image Over the weekend we condemned Robert Redford for glorifying the lives and works of the Weather Underground terrorists in his new movie, The Company You Keep, opening soon at a theater near you. Among the good works of the Weather Underground was the armored car robbery that resulted in the murders of two police officers and a Brinks guard. Michelle Malkin called Redford out in her syndicated column “The bloody »