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    Morning Bell: Preventing the Possible

    Last Wednesday a small group of at least 10 gunmen fanned out across the Indian city of Mumbai. In coordinated assaults, they attacked areas frequented by foreigners, killing indiscriminately and taking hostages. The one gunmen captured so far has reportedly admitted to authorities that he received training from Lashkar-e-Taiba, a … More

    Major Shock: Glenn Greenwald and Think Progress Are Completely Ignorant About FISA

    ABC News has a story out reporting that employees at the National Security Agency (NSA) listened in on “hundreds of US citizens overseas … as they called friends and family back home.” One employee described the contents of the calls as “personal, private things with Americans who are not in … More

    The Left's Overblown Claims on FISA

    In an editorial today, The Washington Post does a decent job responding to completely overblown claims coming from  Senate liberals about what the FISA bill does and doesn’t do: Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) … said the measure overhauling the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, on the verge of congressional passage, “gives … More

    Morning Bell: The Left's Curious Privacy Priorities

    The far left is apoplectic over Sen. Barack Obama’s announced support for the compromise bill passed by the House last week making essential updates to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The ACLU called the bill the “death march for the Fourth Amendment” and MoveOn.org is launching a campaign against … More

    House Intelligence Committee Rejects FISA Fix in Close Vote

      House Democrats continued to block passage of a terrorist surveillance bill today, rejecting a measure by Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.) to add the Senate-passed FISA bill to the fiscal 2009 Intelligence authorization bill. The amendment was defeated by one vote in the House Intelligence Committee, the latest proof that … More

    Is There Any Bite in Blue Dogs' Bark?

    As Heritage’s Michael Franc documents again today, the Democratic party is rapidly becoming a party of rich cultural elites: Through May 1, the Democratic presidential field has suctioned up a cool $5.7 million from the more than 4,000 donors who list their occupation as “CEO.” The Republicans’ take was only … More

    Reports from the Terror Front

    There is lots of news in the battle against transnational terrorism—a lot of it not good. AP wire stories highlight one of the conclusions in the recently released State Department annual report on the state of terrorism in the world. According to the news service, al Qaeda “has rebuilt some … More

    Wild Eyed Scenarios on Meet the Press

    When it comes to covering the debate over modernization of the 1978 Foreign Surveillance Act, usually professional members of the media often expose their deep ignorance on the issue. This Sunday on Meet the Press, Tim Russert asked CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden MR. RUSSERT: After September 11th, the NSA … More

    Two Steps Back for National Security

    Intelligence and National Security Alliance chairman and former National Counterterrorism Center director and current foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama John Brennan told National Journal last week: I do believe strongly that [telecoms] should be granted that immunity. They were told to [cooperate] by the appropriate authorities that were operating … More

    House Still Playing Games with National Security

    The House of Representatives is set to introduce new Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) legislation today designed to further delay the implementation of a bipartisan Senate deal that brings FISA into the 20th century. The House’s new “path on wiretaps” attempts to avoid the issue of legal protections for phone … More