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    Is Miranda Coming to the Battlefield?

    During Salim Hamdan’s U.S. military commission trial last week, defense lawyers pressed FBI agent’s on whether or not Hamdan (who has been accused of being Osama bin Laden’s driver) was ever read a Miranda warning (the Miranda v. Arizona U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1966, which held that potential criminal … More

    Kentucky to Receive $11.9 Million in Homeland Security Grants

    Kentucky is to be the recipient of $11.9 million federal dollars in pork. A Kentucky news station reported that the money was “to increase preparedness and response measures across the state,” however such federal grants are actually undermining state homeland security preparedness measures. According to a Heritage WebMemo by Homeland … More

    Law and Order in Blue State America

    On June 22, Tony Bologna and his four sons were driving home to San Francisco from a family picnic in Fairfield. When Bologna inadvertently blocked an intersection with his Honda Civic, he tried to reverse his car so that a gray-blue Chrysler could get by. When Bologna did not move … More

    DHS Needs a Stronger Congressional Partner

    Congress has often criticized the Department of Homeland Security for its short comings, however in many ways Congress itself is to blame. When DHS was created 22 agencies and almost 200,000 people were pulled together into one entity. However, despite the 9/11 Commissions recommendation that congressional oversight should be consolidated, … More

    Protecting Democrats from Unpopular Votes Is Not an Emergency

    On May 20th Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement celebrating House passage of a bill preventing President Bush from adding oil to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. From the statement: “As the price of oil per barrel nears $130, suspending purchases will expand oil supplies and help bring down fuel costs … More

    A Freeze on Taiwan Arms

    The Bush Administration has in place a freeze on arms sales to Taiwan. That’s correct: an arms freeze on democratic Taiwan. And this freeze comes at a time when Taiwan is in the delicate process of negotiating a re-engagement with undemocratic China to lessen tensions in the Taiwan Strait. But … More

    Reasonable Search and Seizure at the Border

    Both the fourth circuit and the ninth circuit courts have ruled that Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) searches of laptops and other electronics are legal; however, people are still protesting. A recent USA Today op-ed accused the CBP practice to be “without focus” and “arbitrar[y].” Constitutional objections have also been … More

    Another Iraq Invasion Myth Exposed

    Remember all those stories from 2003 about all the destruction and looting of Iraqi archaeological sites after Saddam Hussein’s government fell? Turns out they were greatly exaggerated. From the Wall Street Journal: A recent mission to Iraq headed by top archaeologists from the U.S. and U.K. who specialize in Mesopotamia … More

    ACLU Hawks Heritage Winning Long War Book

    The ACLU is at it again. The most recent post on the ACLU blog attacks me for defending the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) tactic of searching laptops at the border. The purpose of the searches is to prevent criminal activity. In one recent case, officers found a traveler’s computer … More

    Rising Oil Prices Affect Militaries

    How far would you go to save money at the gas pump? Would you calculate the precise amount of fuel required for the daily commute? Would you remove the air conditioning system, extra seats and other unnecessary weight from your car that lowers MPG? If your gas bill were $4.7 … More