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Snowden story has no good guy.

In a recent newsletter Jim Geraghty made some very good points regarding damaging leaks that Edwin Snowden has made that have nothing to do with being a “whistle blower” or acting in some kind of patriotic civil libertarian fashion. I’ve found myself waffling on Snowden, because he has at a minimum forced a discussion on […]

This just in: Spies spy.

I find President Obama’s admission that he was unaware that the National Security Agency spied on world leaders far more frightening then the NSA actually spying on world leaders. Isn’t that what spies do? Spy on other countries? (Meanwhile stories about the federal government actually abusing its power yield a collective yawn amongst the beltway […]

CIA refutes Senate on enhanced interrogation.

Washington Post: The CIA has completed a report that challenges the findings of a Senate investigation of the agency’s interrogation program, according to U.S. officials who said the response cites errors in the congressional probe and disputes its central conclusion that harsh methods used against al-Qaeda detainees failed to produce significant results. The classified CIA […]

NSA cannot collect content, only metada… oh, nevermind.

Washington Post: President Obama said after the disclosures that NSA domestic activities “do not involve listening to people’s phone calls, do not involve reading the e-mails of U.S. citizens or U.S. residents, absent further action by a federal court, that is entirely consistent with what we would do, for example, in a criminal investigation.” The […]

Be wary of the NSA programs.

I wouldn’t say I’ve done a 180-degree turn upon learning that the NSA is capturing yottabytes (or 10 to the 24th power of bytes) of metadata from its citizens, but I’ve definitely done a 90. At some point you either believe in limited government, or you don’t. Last month former Clinton-era adviser David Axelrod spoke […]

Media still deflecting for Obama’s IRS & Benghazi messes.

Obama a new Nixon? Oh, get serious. By [Washington Post] Editorial Board, May 16, 2013 STANDING BEFORE reporters Thursday, President Obama declined an invitation to compare the recent scandals weighing down his administration with those that forced President Nixon to resign in 1974. So allow us to do the work for him: There is no […]

Benghazi questions remain, yet information was learned.

When it comes to Benghazi the Democrats and — far more shamefully — the mainstream media stick to two main retorts, writes Guy Benson from TownHall. “That no major questions remain regarding the 9/11 terrorist assault on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya  — and second, that no new information emerged from the whistle-blowers’ hours-long testimony.  […]

WH: Actually, drones strikes are legal and effective counterterrorism policy!

Remember the tried and true age-old adage: When Republican presidents use drones to kill terrorists they’re “shredding the constitution,” but when Democrat presidents do the same it’s “legal,” “ethical,” and “wise.” A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior […]

CIA vet on Zero Dark Thirty.

Great commentary. Read it all. Jose A. Rodriguez Jr. is a 31-year veteran of the CIA. He is the author of “Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives,” written with former CIA spokesman Bill Harlow, who also contributed to this essay. It is an odd experience to enter a darkened room […]

Benhoozi?

Here’s Mark Steyn: Someone at the highest level of the United States government made the decision to abandon American consular staff to their fate and cede U.S. sovereign territory to an al-Qaeda assault team — and four out of five Sunday news shows don’t think it’s worth talking about. In the smoking ruins of that […]