Judge Andrew P. Napolitano from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/judge-napolitano Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:14:34 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Judge Andrew P. Napolitano from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/judge-andrew-p-napolitano-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/judge-napolitano fb2ff3d092a93e0b8f47227dc942e0aa What if Liberty Is Attached to Humanity? for 10/20/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/judge-napolitano/10/16/what-if-liberty-is-attached-to-humanity Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What if the Declaration of Independence states that the purpose of government is to protect our natural rights? What if natural rights are the freedoms we enjoy without neighbors or strangers or government interfering? What if those freedoms are listed in part in the Bill of Rights? What if the government is supposed to keep its hands off those freedoms because they are ours, we have not surrendered them and we have hired the government to protect them?</p> <p>What if the reason some of our rights are listed in the Bill of Rights was the fear the colonists had after the American Revolution that the new government here might become as destructive of freedom as the British king and Parliament &#8212; whose government they had just kicked out &#8212; were before the Revolution? What if it is impossible to list completely the freedoms that all people enjoy by reason of our humanity? What if the Framers &#8212; who wrote the Constitution and the Bill of Rights &#8212; understood that?<p>Updated: Thu Oct 20, 2016</p> b293446587ae8567eb89e5356ae1f967 Can the Media Reveal Stolen Truths? for 10/13/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/judge-napolitano/10/16/can-the-media-reveal-stolen-truths Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It seems that at every turn during this crazy presidential election campaign &#8212; with its deeply flawed principal candidates (whom do you hate less?) &#8212; someone's personal or professional computer records are being hacked. First it was Hillary Clinton's emails that she had failed to surrender to the State Department. Then it was a portion of Donald Trump's 1995 tax returns, showing a $916 million loss he claimed during boom times. Then it was those Clinton emails again, this time showing her unacted-upon doubts about two of our Middle Eastern allies' involvement in 9/11 and her revelation of some secrets about the killing of Osama bin Laden.</p> <p>The reason we know about these leaks is the common thread among them &#8212; the willingness of the media to publish what was apparently stolen. Hence the question: Can the government hold the press liable &#8212; criminally or civilly &#8212; for the publication of known stolen materials that the public wants to know about? In a word: No.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 13, 2016</p> 23e0dc4471733aeba6212b90dfd35362 What if Trump and Clinton Have the Same Core Beliefs? for 10/06/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/judge-napolitano/10/16/what-if-trump-and-clinton-have-the-same-core-beliefs Thu, 06 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What if the most remarkable aspect of this presidential election is not how much the two principal candidates disagree with each other but how much they actually agree?</p> <p>What if they are both statists? What if they both believe that the government's first duty is to take care of itself? What if they both believe in the primacy of the state over the individual? What if, in clashes between the state and individuals, they both would use the power of the state to trample the rights of individuals?<p>Updated: Thu Oct 06, 2016</p> 3d2cdf811d55475b85cbb899a9e2dee5 She Clobbered Him (Don't Shoot the Messenger) for 09/29/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/judge-napolitano/09/16/she-clobbered-him-dont-shoot-the-messenger Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In this weekly column and in my on-air work at Fox News, I have characterized former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a crook and as the "Queen of Deception." I have argued that there is enough credible evidence in the public domain to indict, prosecute and convict her of espionage, perjury, misleading Congress, public corruption, providing material assistance to terrorist organizations and obstruction of justice.</p> <p>I can point to five times when she lied under oath. I know of FBI agents who believe that their hands were tied by the Obama administration in the criminal investigation of her. And I know of American intelligence agents who firmly believe that Americans died because Clinton failed to keep state secrets secure.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 29, 2016</p> 2066d636d73e830486bbc514a29d196e Due Process Is Vital to Freedom for 09/22/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/judge-napolitano/09/16/due-process-is-vital-to-freedom Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><i> "No person shall ... be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law..." &#8212; Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution </i></p> <p>The clash in American history between liberty and safety is as old as the republic itself. As far back as 1798, notwithstanding the lofty goals and individualistic values of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the same generation &#8212; in some cases the same human beings &#8212; that wrote in the First Amendment that "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech" enacted the Alien and Sedition Acts, which punished speech critical of the government.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 22, 2016</p> 717a3aabd77351296bbf24f7274a4d6e What Is the FBI Hiding? for 09/15/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/judge-napolitano/09/16/what-is-the-fbi-hiding Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Earlier this week, Republican leaders in both houses of Congress took the FBI to task for its failure to be transparent. In the House, it was apparently necessary to serve a subpoena on an FBI agent to obtain what members of Congress want to see; and in the Senate, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee accused the FBI itself of lawbreaking.</p> <p>Here is the back story.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 15, 2016</p> 59a039553bf3402dd95e85886775e0e1 Hillary Clinton and the FBI for 09/08/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/judge-napolitano/09/16/hillary-clinton-and-the-fbi Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On Sept. 2, the FBI released a lengthy explanation of its investigation of Hillary Clinton and a summary of the evidence amassed against her. It also released a summary of Clinton's July FBI interrogation.</p> <p>The interrogation was in some respects standard and in others very troubling. It was standard in that she was confronted with emails she had sent or received and was asked whether she recalled them, and her judgment about them was challenged. The FBI was looking for gross negligence in her behavior about securing state secrets.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 08, 2016</p> 55acbd67c016000df109059712ab7a83 Hillary Clinton Short-Circuited? for 08/11/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/judge-napolitano/08/16/hillary-clinton-short-circuited Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>BY JUDGE ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO</p> <p>FOR RELEASE: THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2016</p> <p><p>Updated: Thu Aug 11, 2016</p> 7889e7107f2cde4dd0e632144e58ce26 Lessons From the Deep State for 08/04/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/judge-napolitano/08/16/lessons-from-the-deep-state Thu, 04 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, WikiLeaks &#8212; the courageous international organization dedicated to governmental transparency &#8212; exposed hundreds of internal emails circulated among senior staff of the Democratic National Committee during the past 18 months.</p> <p>At a time when Democratic Party officials were publicly professing neutrality during the party's presidential primaries, the DNC's internal emails showed a pattern of distinct bias toward the candidacy of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a marked prejudice toward the candidacy of Sen. Bernie Sanders. Some of the emails were raw in their tone, and some could fairly be characterized as failing to respect Sanders' Jewish heritage.</p> <p>The revelation caused a public uproar during the weekend preceding the opening of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia last week, and it caused the DNC to ask its own chairwoman, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to resign. When she declined to do so, President Barack Obama personally intervened and implored her to leave. She submitted to the president's wishes, gave up her public role as chair of the convention and eventually resigned as chair of the DNC late last week.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 04, 2016</p> f6d0b61a2f347400f2c83c35baff03df Free Speech and Political Conventions for 07/28/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/judge-napolitano/07/16/free-speech-and-political-conventions Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>This summer, we have all witnessed the heavy hand of government intervening in the freedom of speech, as the behavior of the Secret Service at both the Republican convention in Cleveland and the Democratic convention in Philadelphia was troubling and unconstitutional.</p> <p>Though the First Amendment was originally written only to restrain Congress ("Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech"), it is now uniformly interpreted to restrict all government in America from abridging the freedom of speech.</p> <p>The reason this freedom is referred to as "the" freedom of speech is to reflect the belief of the Framers that the right to speak freely is pre-political. Stated differently, the freedom of speech is an integral aspect of our humanity. The government does not grant the freedom of speech; it is prohibited from interfering with it.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 28, 2016</p> 884238187529047e11a8f51334cb9fe4 What if the Fix Was In? for 07/21/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/judge-napolitano/07/16/what-if-the-fix-was-in Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>What if the folks who run the Department of Political Justice recently were told that the republic would suffer if Hillary Clinton were indicted for espionage because Donald Trump might succeed Barack Obama in the presidency? What if espionage is the failure to safeguard state secrets and the evidence that Clinton failed to safeguard them is unambiguous and overwhelming?</p> <p>What if President Obama never really liked his former rival whom he appointed as his secretary of state? What if he had no real interest in seeing her succeed him because he and his wife simply could never trust her?</p> <p>What if, when Clinton suggested to the president that the U.S. wage a secret undeclared war against Libya, the president went along with it as a no-lose proposition? What if he assumed that if her secret war succeeded he'd get the credit and if her secret war failed she would get the blame?<p>Updated: Thu Jul 21, 2016</p> 97717717ded7582d44cdaf2909cf2e92 Hillary Clinton and Personal Honesty for 07/14/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/judge-napolitano/07/16/hillary-clinton-and-personal-honesty Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>When FBI Director James Comey publicly revealed his recommendation to the Department of Justice last week that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton not be prosecuted for espionage, he unleashed a firestorm of criticism from those who believe that Clinton was judged by different standards from those used to judge others when deciding whether to bring a case to a grand jury.</p> <p>The FBI investigation had a bizarre ending to it. FBI recommendations are never made public as this one was. Attorney General Loretta Lynch had been compromised by her politically disastrous but legally consequential meeting out of the view of the media with Bill Clinton just one week before Comey's announcement. Whatever they discussed, the overwhelming public impression was such that Lynch removed herself and her senior aides from the case, effectively leaving the FBI to have the final say. This is unheard of in the post-Hoover FBI.</p> <p>The Comey announcement itself gave two reasons for recommending against indictment. One was that "no reasonable prosecutor" would take the case. That is not a judgment the FBI gets paid to make. The FBI's job is to gather, present and evaluate facts and evidence, not predict what prosecutors might do with it. The other stated reason for recommending against indictment was that though Clinton may have been "extremely careless" in handling state secrets, she was not "grossly negligent," which is the standard required by the espionage statute.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 14, 2016</p> 2d0a1fc3dded8350b020292fecfe7947 The Department of Political Justice for 07/07/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/judge-napolitano/07/16/the-department-of-political-justice Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Is it worth impairing the reputation of the FBI and the Department of Justice to save Hillary Clinton from a deserved criminal prosecution by playing word games?</p> <p>What has become of the rule of law &#8212; no one is beneath its protections or above its requirements &#8212; when the American public can witness a game of political musical chairs orchestrated by Bill Clinton at an airport in a bizarre ruse to remove the criminal investigation of his wife from those legally responsible for making decisions about it?</p> <p>How hairsplitting can the FBI be in acknowledging "extreme recklessness" while denying "gross negligence" about the same events, at the same time, and in the same respect?<p>Updated: Thu Jul 07, 2016</p> 2a0d05def867b8068b725eede9907278 Illegal War and Disguised Truth for 06/30/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/judge-napolitano/06/16/illegal-war-and-disguised-truth Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The 800-plus-page report of the House Select Committee on Benghazi was released earlier this week. It slams former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her willful indifference to her obligation to repel military-style attacks on American interests and personnel at the U.S. Consulate and a nearby CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya. She particularly failed to save the lives of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three of his colleagues, all under her care and control while she was secretary of state.</p> <p>The report also slams Clinton for her repeated lies about the cause of the attacks. After she told her daughter in an email that the Benghazi consulate had been attacked by an organized terrorist group using heavy military hardware, she told her colleagues at the State Department that the attacks were a spontaneous overreaction by locals to an American-made internet video about the Prophet Muhammad.</p> <p>After telling that lie, she sent another email, this one to the Egyptian foreign minister, repeating what she had truthfully told her daughter.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 30, 2016</p> 85ffd01732f7d1eeb252d3646d69c09c 'No Fly, No Buy' Means No Freedom for 06/23/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/judge-napolitano/06/16/no-fly-no-buy-means-no-freedom Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The people in the government who want to control our personal choices are the enemies of freedom. And the enemies of freedom can be very clever and seductive.</p> <p>Last week, these folks, manifesting their lust to keep us dependent upon the government by rejecting the natural right to self-defense, coined a clever phrase: "No fly, no buy." It sounds rational, yet it rejects core American values.</p> <p>The phrase was pounded home to average Americans during a one-sided 15-hour televised marathon on the floor of the Senate orchestrated by the gun control crowd. The essence of the argument was that stricter laws regarding gun sales would have prevented the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In gun control advocates' dream world, the self-loathing Islamic State-inspired killer, willing to take 49 innocent lives, would somehow have been unwilling to violate restrictive gun purchase laws; and his obedience to those laws would have saved lives.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 23, 2016</p> d169aba4714e8e2b31778bd1f1fa9cd3 In Defense of Self-Defense for 06/16/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/judge-napolitano/06/16/in-defense-of-self-defense Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Most of the mass killings by gun in the United States in recent years &#8212; Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Newtown, Charleston, San Bernardino and now Orlando &#8212; took place in venues where local or state law prohibited carrying guns, even by those lawfully licensed to do so. The government cheerfully calls these venues "gun-free zones." They should be called killing zones.</p> <p>As unspeakable and horrific as is the recent slaughter in Orlando, it has become just another example of the tragic consequences of government's interfering with the exercise of fundamental liberties. After a while, these events cease to shock; but they should not cease to cause us to re-examine what the government has done to us.</p> <p>We know from reason, human nature and history that the right to defend yourself is a natural instinct that is an extension of the right to self-preservation, which is itself derived from the right to live. Life is the great gift from the Creator, and we have a duty to exercise our freedoms to preserve life until its natural expiration. But the lives we strive to preserve should not be those actively engaged in killing innocent life.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 16, 2016</p> c0946ba13be3f4c1851cab2f6fbd0633 Wake Up, America! for 06/09/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/judge-napolitano/06/16/wake-up-america Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>While Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are battling in their final round in the Democratic primaries and Donald Trump is arguing that Clinton should be in prison for failing to safeguard state secrets while she was secretary of state, the same FBI that is diligently investigating her is quietly and perniciously seeking to cut more holes in the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.</p> <p>That amendment &#8212; which requires the government to obtain a search warrant issued by a judge based upon some evidence of criminal wrongdoing, called probable cause, before the government can search persons, houses, papers or effects &#8212; is the linchpin of the right to privacy, famously referred to by Justice Louis Brandeis as the right to be let alone.</p> <p>The Fourth Amendment has a painful yet unambiguous history. The essence of that history is the well-documented and nearly universal Colonial revulsion to the British use of general warrants.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 09, 2016</p> babfcd158954d2c195ab0a8062f4ef2f Hillary on the Ropes for 06/02/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/judge-napolitano/06/16/hillary-on-the-ropes Thu, 02 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Late last week, the inspector general of the State Department completed a yearlong investigation into the use by Hillary Clinton of a private email server for all of her official government email as secretary of state. The investigation was launched when information technology officials at the State Department under Secretary of State John Kerry learned that Clinton paid an aide to migrate her public and secret State Department email streams away from their secured government venues and onto her own, non-secure server, which was stored in her home.</p> <p>The migration of the secret email stream most likely constituted the crime of espionage &#8212; the failure to secure and preserve the secrecy of confidential, secret or top-secret materials.</p> <p>The inspector general interviewed Clinton's three immediate predecessors &#8212; Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice &#8212; and their former aides about their email practices. He learned that none of them used emails as extensively as Clinton, none used a private server and, though Powell and Rice occasionally replied to government emails using private accounts, none used a private account when dealing with state secrets.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 02, 2016</p> ba00eafea90bc35dfc2ed8dffb4fe1a7 The Contagion of Government Lying for 05/26/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/judge-napolitano/05/16/the-contagion-of-government-lying Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p><i> "Crime is contagious. If the Government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy." &#8212; Justice Louis Brandeis (1856-1941) </i></p> <p>Last week, this column chronicled the startling admissions of lying by White House senior adviser Ben Rhodes. Rhodes readily acknowledged to The New York Times that he lied to the public and to members of Congress during the negotiations that produced the recent Iranian nuclear deal so as to temper the "irrational" fear that some senators and representatives had of the mullahs who run the government in Iran.</p> <p>He was asked &#8212; not subpoenaed &#8212; to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about his lying, and he refused to show up, claiming his lies were protected by executive privilege. Because he spoke publicly about this, he has no privilege, yet nothing further happened. The committee gave up the ghost.<p>Updated: Thu May 26, 2016</p> 99720211a353f505694f00e1fd901e1b Who Answers for Government Lies? for 05/19/2016 https://www.creators.com/read/judge-napolitano/05/16/who-answers-for-government-lies Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Here is a quick pop quiz. What happens if we lie to the government? What happens if the government lies to us? Does it matter who does the lying?</p> <p>Last year, the Obama administration negotiated an agreement with the government of Iran permitting Iran to obtain certain materials for the construction of nuclear facilities. It also permitted the release of tens of billions of dollars in Iranian assets that had been held in U.S. banks and that the courts had frozen, and it lifted trade sanctions. In exchange, certain inspections of Iranian nuclear facilities can occur under certain circumstances.</p> <p>During the course of the negotiations, many critics made many allegations about whether the Obama administration was telling the truth to Congress and to the American people.<p>Updated: Thu May 19, 2016</p>