The war over executive branch wiretapping is continuing, though there's one front where the executive branch appears to be losing: wiretapping congressmen. The Washington Post reported January 18 that the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the executive branch appeal in a congressional bribery case.
Laptop seizures are a growing menace in America today and it's not about your computer software having a stroke. It's about the Department of Homeland Security, without warrant or even "reasonable suspicion," (aka "probable cause") seizing computers, cell phones, Blackberries and other electronic properties from Americans returning to their "homeland."
Every once in a while, America's establishment columnists treat their readers to a surprisingly helpful bit of writing. Such was the case with George Will's January 16 column for Washington Post.
When Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) introduced a bill in the 111th Congress to defund National Public Radio (NPR), two things were working against him: the overwhelming collectivist mindset of that Congress itself, and the fact that NPR hadn’t yet embarrassed itself sufficiently to build public opinion against the agency. In light of NPR’s series of gaffes since then, as well as the more conservative tone of the new 112th Congress, Lamborn has decided to try again.