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  • Monthly Archives: February 2008

    Risking the Lives of Americans for Cheap Political Gain

    In the wake of 9/11, our antiquated laws on enemy combatant detention and foreign surveillance were exposed. Designed to regulate state-on-state action, our laws did not adequately address the detention of the enemy during wartime. Not until the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 did Congress adequately fill in the gaps … More

    Morning Bell: What Really Happened in Berkeley

    According to the Los Angeles Times, “After Backlash, Berkeley Welcomes Marines,” and according to the Associated Press, “Berkeley Eases Anti-Marines Stance.” Nothing could be further from the truth. The San Jose Mercury News got it right: “Berkeley Council Becomes Home to Intolerance.” In order to arrive at their misleading headlines, … More

    How Many Days Does the House Need to Do Its National Security Homework?

    The first duty of our government is to defend the country. The United States is currently locked in a Long War with non-state actors who desperately want to kill our civilians. The collection of foreign intelligence is perhaps our best weapon against these groups. On Aug. 5, 2007, Congress passed … More

    Why Do Democrats Hate the Polar Bears?

    One of the latest environmentalist attempts to do an end run around the legislative process on global warming is to try and get the polar bear listed as an endangered species due to habitat destruction from global warming. The bears would be the first species listed as threatened with extinction … More

    The First Duty of Government

    Writing in Human Events, W. Thomas Smith, Jr. reminds us of Adam Smith’s first duty of government: “protecting the society from the violence and invasion of other independent societies.” To that end Republican lawmakers are pushing a proposal to set a floor on military spending at 4% of GDP. Congressional … More

    Carbon Trading Is an Invitation to Fraud

    The Heritage Foundation has many able analysts who have done great work on energy and the environment. But since the absolute farce that is the cap-and-trade “solution” to global warming is now the preferred plan of all three major presidential candidates, the need to highlight succinct analysis from others has … More

    In Remembrance of Dr. Robert Jastrow

    The Heritage Foundation extends condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of George Marshall Institute co-founder Dr. Robert Jastrow. Dr. Jastrow was was a prominent American scientist who worked in the U.S. lunar landing program and a pioneer of the Strategic Defense Initiative.

    Kidnappings on the Border

    In 2007, 26 San Diego County residents were kidnapped and held for ransom in Tijuana, Roarito Beach and Ensenada. Some were recovered, some were hurt, and some were killed. Kidnappings are a popular tactic among organized, well finances and violent kidnapping cells. These kidnapping are sophisticated operations similar to terrorist … More

    Morning Bell: Throwing Our Fiscal Health Overboard

    The United States passed a generational milestone yesterday when 62-year-old Kathleen Casey-Kirschling became the first baby boomer to receive a Social Security payment. A life-long Democrat, Casey-Kirschling (pictured to the right on her yacht) proudly told reporters from her winter home in Vero Beach, Fla., “I trust Social Security.” A … More

    A Good Day for the Merry Earmark Warriors

    House Republicans scored a significant victory in their war on earmarks today when influential Democrat Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, broke with party leaders to call for an immediate moratorium on earmarks in 2009 spending bills. I think our best approach would be to … More