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  • Monthly Archives: June 2011

    PODCAST: Cyber Attacks Constitute Acts of War

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    In a new Heritage in Focus, Heritage visiting fellow Paul Rosenzweig discusses cyber warfare. Click here to listen. Cyber attacks now constitute an act of war. Computer infrastructure plays an ever-larger part of our lives, from power grids to defense systems. Sabotaging it is unacceptable, as the recent revelation by … More

    Iraqi Refugees Plot to Aid Al-Qaeda

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    Last week, Waad Ramadan Alwan and his cousin Mohanad Shareef Hammadi were arrested in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The men, both Iraqi refugees, had been allegedly picking up machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades from a nearby storage facility and delivering them to be shipped to al-Qaeda. It seems that the men … More

    Why Is Congress Putting Pork First on Homeland Security?

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    The fiscal year (FY) 2012 homeland security appropriations bill is on the floor today. One would assume that this would be an opportunity for House members to get rid of wasteful programs while maintaining funding for the ones that make us safer. Instead, they are avoiding the hard choices that … More

    Convicted Murderers to Be Freed if California State Senator Gets His Way

    A warning to Californians: dangerous convicted criminals are coming soon to a neighborhood near you.  That’s because last week, in the case of Brown v. Plata, the Supreme Court ordered the State of California to release approximately 46,000 convicted criminals onto the streets. That decision was issued just days before … More

    Congress Should Not Forfeit Its Strong Hand on Libya: Why H. Con. Res. 51 Is a Losing Play

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    President Obama spent weeks marshalling support from foreign governments for a military intervention in Libya but virtually no time consulting with the U.S. Congress or trying to explain to the American people why intervention served our national interests.  Almost three months later, coalition forces are involved in a costly stalemate … More

    Zelaya’s Return to Honduras Darkens Honduran Democracy

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    On May 28, former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya returned home nearly two years after the June 2009 actions that removed him from office for violations of the national constitution. Accompanied by Venezuela’s foreign minister Nicholas Maduro and delivered via Air Hugo Chavez, Zelaya was greeted by thousands of cheering admirers. … More

    Iran’s Missile Buildup: New Reports of Foreign Assistance

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    According to unconfirmed reports, two missile warheads capable of being armed with a nuclear weapon have been acquired by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Reza Kahlili, a former member of the Revolutionary Guards who became a spy for the CIA before defecting to the United States, charged in an article … More

    New Evidence Reveals Vast Powers of Consumer Finance Bureau

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    Tucked into the 232 pages of the May 31 Federal Register—the daily catalog of new regulation—was glaring evidence that the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will exercise nearly unlimited power over how Americans obtain credit and loans and manage their money. That it will do so absent accountability … More

    Morning Bell: Time For Thoughtful Moves in Libya

    American military action in foreign wars shouldn’t be taken cavalierly. But President Obama took it that way when he thrust American troops aimlessly into an undefined war in Libya. Not only did the President fail to address Congress for approval; he gave the American people little information about his goals … More

    VIDEO: Ryan Goes on Offense, from the White House to the U.S. House

    “We have a budget crisis. We’ve got a $1.5 trillion deficit. We’ve got a debt that is getting out of our control. And what do you do when you have a problem like that? You pass a budget,” said House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) Wednesday from the House … More