Obama's Slow Growth Policies Have Stacked the Deck Against American Workers

This column by ACRU General Counsel Peter Ferrara was published December 26, 2013 on Forbes.com.President Obama told us in his December 4 economic coming out speech on inequality, which the Huffington Post called the most important speech of his Presidency, "But we know that people's frustrations run deeper than these most recent political battles. Their frustration is rooted in their own daily battles - to make ends meet, to pay for college, buy a home, save for retirement. It's rooted in the nagging sense that no matter how hard they work, the deck is stacked against them. And it is rooted in the fear that their kids [...]

2014-01-07T11:29:17-05:00Categories: OPED|Tags: , , , |

Lies, Lies and More Presidential Lies

This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published January 5, 2014 on The Washington Times website.One bad thing about our media-mad age is that it's difficult to keep up with all the lies we're being told by our government. The good news is that falsehoods don't have the legs they once had.Remember when Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper was asked by Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, during a hearing on March 12, 2013, "Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?" Mr. Clapper answered, "No sir not wittingly."After Edward Snowden spilled the National [...]

2014-01-06T10:38:09-05:00Categories: OPED|Tags: , , , |

ACLU to New York Cops: Drop Dead

This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published October 27, 2013 on The Washington Times website.Imagine that it was Sept. 12, 2001, and you opened your newspaper, gazed in horror at the many photos of unspeakable carnage at the World Trade Center's twin towers, and found this story: The American Civil Liberties Union today urged the Justice Department to probe the surveillance of Muslim Americans by the New York City Police Department.Fast forward to this past week, and you could have read it for real. The ACLU is upset that New York City police, who lost 23 officers when Muslim extremists flew hijacked passenger jets [...]

Holder Undercut FBI by Giving Tsarnaev Miranda Rights

This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published April 26, 2013 on Breitbart.com.Updating our earlier report:Details are emerging that when U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler read Dzhokhar Tsarnaev his Miranda rights, she went to his hospital room accompanied by a federal public defender (meaning taxpayer-funded) and an assistant U.S. attorney from the Massachusetts prosecutor's office.Reports say the FBI was only partway through questioning Tsarnaev to get intelligence to determine who else was involved in the plot and how broad it was. The FBI told federal lawmakers in classified briefings this week they were "stunned" when this judicial officer and lawyers from both sides showed [...]

Tsarnaev the Fraud

This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Jan LaRue was published April 23, 2013 on the American Thinker website.Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be tried by a military commission at Guantanamo Bay rather than in U.S. federal court on charges related to the Boston Marathon bombing. Naturalized American citizenship obtained by fraud is revocable.There is Supreme Court precedent for revoking naturalized citizenship based on swearing a false oath of allegiance. See Knauer v. United States (1946); Perez v. Brownell ("Of course, naturalization unlawfully procured can be set aside."); and Fedorenko v. United States.Moreover, during WWII, a German soldier who claimed naturalized U.S. citizenship but had gone back to Germany [...]

Updated: Label Tsarnaev Enemy Combatant for Now, Can Give Bill of Rights Later

This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published April 21, 2013 on Breitbart.com.This is an update to an earlier story, presenting the analysis of why the Constitution probably entitles Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to the full range of protections in the Bill of Rights that he would receive as a civilian in federal district court.As indicated at the time, such a civilian designation should be contingent on Tsarnaev not being an operative or agent of a foreign military or foreign terrorist organization. We know that the older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, traveled to Russia for six months last year. There is significant evidence that during that time [...]

For Now, Public-Safety Exception Precludes Bomber's Miranda Rights

This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published April 20, 2013 on Breitbart.com.As a newly-minted U.S. citizen captured on U.S. soil, Boston terrorist suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev will get the full range of constitutional protections from the Bill of Rights, as we explained yesterday, except one: Tsarnaev wasn't read his Miranda rights.In 1966, the heyday of the liberal Warren Court years, the Supreme Court held in Miranda v. Arizona that the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination requires police to inform anyone they're taking into custody that (1) they have the right to remain silent, (2) anything they say can be used against them in court, [...]

What's Next: Civilian Criminal Trial for Marathon Bombing Suspect

This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published April 19, 2013 on Breitbart.com.The Obama administration has placed Boston terrorist suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev in federal custody with plans to give him a civilian criminal trial in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts. That's what the Constitution requires, though some will undoubtedly question that decision.According to reports, Tsarnaev became a U.S. citizen in Sept. 2012. He was captured on U.S. soil by federal law enforcement officers (not military). This was not a battlefield setting, and at this point it appears Tsarnaev was not working for a foreign government or terrorist organization with which we are at war.Tsarnaev [...]

Boston Terrorists Not Right-Wing Americans

This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published April 19, 2013 on Breitbart.com.We now know the Boston Marathon terrorists were Muslims with roots in Chechnya, the Russian province in an ongoing conflict with Moscow, with a large Muslim population and a history of violent conflict with the Kremlin in a long struggle for independence. They were likely not right-wing Americans, as some on the left had predicted and hoped.We do not yet know whether they are part of a larger cell or whether these attacks were directed from abroad versus being exclusively the idea of these two terrorist brothers. Experts note that on one [...]

Rand Paul and Osama bin Laden's Spokesperson

This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published March 8, 2013 on Breitbart.com.Supporters of national security and the Constitution are rightly outraged about learning that Sulaiman Abu Ghaith--the al Qaeda spokesman who is also Osama bin Laden's son-in-law--appeared today in federal court in New York City. And it raises the next stage in the critical debate that started with Sen. Rand Paul's filibuster earlier this week.Suddenly, the public learned that a senior member of al Qaeda--who furthermore is a member of bin Laden's immediate family--is right here in the United States. He was brought before a judge in the U.S. District Court for the [...]

2013-03-11T10:08:52-04:00Categories: In the Courts, OPED|Tags: , , , |