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Declaring War: It’s Not Just a Good Idea, It’s The Law

Declaring War: It’s Not Just a Good Idea, It’s The Law

  . By Thomas L. Knapp The US Constitution confers upon Congress the legal power to declare war. Or, to put it a different way, if Congress hasn’t declared war, then the United States is not, in any legal sense, AT war. No, an “authorization for use of military force” is not a declaration of […]

CISA (the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act): Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Internet Liberty

CISA (the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act): Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Internet Liberty

. . By Thomas L. Knapp Well into the third decade of widely available Internet access for regular people, it’s getting more and more difficult to focus public attention on threats to our freedoms in cyberspace. We’re tired of having to constantly keep track of and squash the latest political and bureaucratic schemes to seize […]

Crowdsourcing: The Best Defense

Crowdsourcing: The Best Defense

  ., By Thomas L. Knapp Sometimes unfortunate events spark good ideas. Ask restaurateur Art Bouvier. After his Cajun eatery, Papa Roux, fell victim to an allegedly armed robber, he decided to offer a 25% discount to customers who show their concealed carry permits. “I don’t see that it makes anything worse by letting those […]

“Defense” Spending: Time For More Than Cosmetic Cuts

“Defense” Spending: Time For More Than Cosmetic Cuts

    By Thomas L. Knapp The US Army is on track to reduce its size from current levels (490,000 troops) to 450,000 in 2017 and 420,000 by 2019. In a July 24 editorial, the New York Times came out in mild support of the half-measure and against “maintaining bases and a level of troops […]

About That Other “Special Relationship”

About That Other “Special Relationship”

    By Thomas L. Knapp When it comes to entangling alliances, the “special relationship” between the United States and Israel tends to take center stage. Interposing one’s self between a herd of American politicians and an opportunity to appease Benjamin Netanyahu is a good way to get trampled to death. Lately, though, US relations […]

Can the President Ignore the Supreme Court?

Can the President Ignore the Supreme Court?

  by Thomas L. Knapp Ben Carson is the longest of long shots in the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nomination contest. A distinguished neurosurgeon, Carson captured the hearts of many conservatives with his comments at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, in which he positioned himself as pretty much the exact opposite of US president Barack […]

Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others

Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others

By Thomas L. Knapp Presidential candidates work hard to convince ordinary Americans that they’re just like us. Regular folks. Put their pants on one leg at a time, you betcha. But nobody clears the airspace for me when I fly into a city. Nor, I bet, do federal agents cordon off several blocks around venues […]

The Problem Isn’t Synthetic Marijuana. The Problem Is Prohibition.

The Problem Isn’t Synthetic Marijuana. The Problem Is Prohibition.

By Thomas L. Knapp Per CNN, New York governor Andrew Cuomo attributes 160 emergency room visits in his state, over a period of only nine days, to “synthetic marijuana” use. Alabama’s Department of Public Health claims 98 overdoses statewide in March. The chemical stew — sold under the fiction that it’s to be used as […]