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Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, a legal analyst for The Washington Times, can be reached at

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Niger Innis, national spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality. (Associated Press)

CPAC attendees decry widespread attacks on citizen personal freedom

On the day the government took the largest single step on regulating the Internet, conservatives at CPAC warned that more assaults are being directed at individual freedom, from taxation of electronic cigarettes to food and dietary guidelines. Published February 26, 2015

The chairman of a special House committee created to investigate the 2012 Benghazi tragedy on Monday instructed his staff to review secretly recorded tapes and intelligence reports that detail Hillary Clinton's role in advocating and executing the war in Libya, opening the door for a possible expansion of his probe. (Associated Press)

House Benghazi committee to review secret Hillary tapes on Libya

The chairman of a special House committee created to investigate the 2012 Benghazi tragedy on Monday instructed his staff to review secretly recorded tapes and intelligence reports that detail Hillary Clinton's role in advocating and executing the war in Libya, opening the door for a possible expansion of his probe. Published February 2, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton is likely to face questions over whether she had an adequate plan for Libya in 2011 and whether her efforts led to the Benghazi tragedy a year later. (Associated Press)

Secret Benghazi report reveals Hillary's Libya war push armed al Qaeda-tied terrorists

Libyan officials were deeply concerned in 2011, as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was trying to remove Moammar Gadhafi from power, that weapons were being funneled to NATO-backed rebels with ties to al Qaeda, fearing that well-armed insurgents could create a safe haven for terrorists, according to secret intelligence reports obtained by The Washington Times. Published February 1, 2015

The gap between Hillary Rodham Clinton's rhetoric warning of a Rwanda-like slaughter of civilians in Libya and the facts gathered by career intelligence staff is taking on significance as the former secretary of state prepares another bid for the White House and her national security credentials are re-examined. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton's 'WMD' moment: U.S. intelligence saw false narrative in Libya

The intelligence community gathered no specific evidence of an impending genocide in Libya in spring 2011, undercutting Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's primary argument for using the U.S. military to remove Col. Moammar Gadhafi from power, an event that has left his country in chaos, according to officials with direct knowledge of the dispute. Published January 29, 2015

Echoes of the past: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recalled the Rwanda genocide in making her case for U.S. intervention in Libya. (Associated Press Photographs)

Exclusive: Secret tapes undermine Hillary Clinton on Libyan war

Top Pentagon officials and a senior Democrat in Congress so distrusted Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2011 march to war in Libya that they opened their own diplomatic channels with the Gadhafi regime in an effort to halt the escalating crisis, according to secret audio recordings recovered from Tripoli. Published January 28, 2015

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, speak to troops during a visit to Maiduguri, Nigeria, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. President Goodluck Jonathan, who is running for re-election next month, visited Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, on Thursday in his first trip to the northeast since a state of emergency was imposed in May 2014. His office said in a statement that he met with troops involved in fighting the extremists as part of his "surprise visit." He also visited hundreds of civilians who were staying in a camp in Maiduguri after fleeing Baga.(AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

Kerry breaks protocol, flies to Nigeria to discourage election violence

Amidst rising civil unrest in Nigeria, Secretary of State John F. Kerry flew there this weekend to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan and his challenger in the upcoming Nigerian presidential election to discuss the vote and discourage violence from each party's supporters, and also to enhance cooperation in the fight against Islamist terrorism. Published January 25, 2015

"My father's approach to the most brutal and unambiguous social injustices during the civil rights struggle was rooted in nonviolence as a morally and tactically correct response," Martin Luther King III said in an interview with The Washington Times. "In no way do I, nor would my father, condone any 'ends justify the means' behavior." (Associated Press)

Martin Luther King III sees Ferguson riots, violence against police as setbacks

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: On the holiday commemorating his father's epic civil rights legacy, Martin Luther King III says he is dismayed by recent violence against police, the destructive protests in Ferguson and the trashing of a U.Va. fraternity falsely accused of sexual assault because they don't reflect his father's own approach to advocate for change peacefully. Published January 18, 2015

President Obama speaks during his meeting with elected officials, law enforcement officials and community and faith leaders in the Old Executive Office Building on the White House Complex in Washington on Dec. 1. Mr. Obama said that in the wake of the shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old man in Ferguson, Missouri, he wants to make sure to build better trust between police and the communities they serve.(Associated Press)

Obama promotes community policing but let funds dwindle, be diverted for drones

President Obama has used the Ferguson and NYPD controversies to campaign for increased community policing tactics. But on his watch, federal funding for such initiatives has plummeted and money has been mishandled or diverted to such things as drones that have done little to further the cause, a Washington Times review of federal documents shows. Published December 23, 2014

Protestors carry signs and chant slogans in front of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia late Saturday night, Nov. 22, 2014, in Charlottesville, Va. The protest, the most well-attended of several throughout the day, was in response to the university's reaction to an alleged sexual assault of a student revealed in a recent Rolling Stone article. (AP Photo/The Daily Progress, Ryan M. Kelly)

Frat house vandals use 'argument the terrorists make,' Dershowitz warns

Alan Dershowitz, one of the nation's premier defense lawyers and a Harvard law professor, believes universities display a double standard in excusing violence from the political left, and failing to punish activities like a fraternity house attack can have dangerous consequences. Published December 21, 2014

Edward Blum, director of the Project on Fair Representation, speaks to reporters during a news conference in Washington, Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, announcing the filing of two lawsuits challenging the alleged racial preference admissions policies of Harvard and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Harvard, UNC sued over race-based admissions policies

The Alexandria legal advocacy group that sued Harvard University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill this week for capping the number of Asian-Americans they admit says it hopes to file more lawsuits against other colleges for race-based admissions policies in the coming days. Published November 18, 2014

In this Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, file photo provided by NASA, the Orbital Sciences Corp. Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, explodes moments after launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Orbital Sciences says it will likely stop using the type of engines that were employed when its unmanned Antares commercial supply rocket moments after liftoff last week. (AP Photo/NASA, Joel Kowsky, File)

Orbital eyes end of Soviet engines after rocket crash

Orbital Sciences Corp., the Northern Virginia aerospace company whose Antares rocket exploded shortly after liftoff last week, will "likely" end its use Soviet-made engines in future missions for NASA, the company said Wednesday. Published November 5, 2014