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Andrew P. Napolitano

Andrew P. Napolitano

Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is an analyst for the Fox News Channel. He has written seven books on the U.S. Constitution.

Articles by Andrew P. Napolitano

Illustration on the sacrifice of liberty in the name of security by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The spies who ruin us

In an effort to draw attention away from the intelligence failures that permitted the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and create the impression that it was doing something -- anything -- to avoid a repeat, the federal government tampered seriously with freedoms expressly guaranteed in the Constitution. Its principal target was the right to privacy, which is protected in the Fourth Amendment. Published December 2, 2015

Illustration on the emergence of a tyrannical government by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

What to be thankful for?

What if the government's goal is to perpetuate itself? What if the real levers of governmental power are pulled by agents, diplomats and bureaucrats behind the scenes? What if they stay in power no matter who is elected president or which political party controls Congress? Published November 25, 2015

Illustration on trading liberty for security by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Paris and freedom

The tragedy in Paris last Friday has regrettably been employed as a catalyst for renewed calls by governments in western Europe and even in the United States for more curtailment of personal liberties. Those who accept the trade of liberty for safety have argued in favor of less liberty. Published November 18, 2015

Illustration on the court reversals of Obama's overstepping his authority under the Constitution by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The president and the rule of law

Earlier this week, a federal appeals court in New Orleans upheld an injunction issued by a federal district court in Texas against the federal government, thereby preventing it from implementing President Obama's executive orders on immigration. Published November 11, 2015

Illustration on indicting Hillary Clinton by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The mistress of deception

The self-inflicted wounds of Hillary Clinton just keep manifesting themselves. She has two serious issues that have arisen in the past week; one is political and the other is legal. Both have deception at their root. Published November 4, 2015

Illustration on Hillary's role in the Libyan chaos of 2011-12 by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The midwife to chaos

The New York Times' Maureen Dowd captured the moment last weekend when she referred to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as "the midwife to chaos" in Libya. Ms. Dowd apparently came to that conclusion after watching Mrs. Clinton bobbing and weaving and admitting and denying as she was confronted with the partial record of her failures and obfuscations as secretary of state, particularly with respect to Libya. Published October 28, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton's State Department initially approved a weapons shipment from a California company to Libyans seeking to oust Moammar Gadhafi in 2011 even though a United Nations arms ban was in place, according to memos recovered from the burned-out compound in Benghazi. (Associated Press)

Questions for Hillary Clinton

At long last, Hillary Clinton testifies on the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi and her emails as secretary of state. Here are some suggested questions. Although these suggestions are based on the public record, we need to assume that the members of the House Benghazi committee have seen far more than the public has. Published October 21, 2015

Illustration on Hillary Clinton's scandal trouble by Heng, Lianhe Zaobao, Singapore

Why Hillary Clinton is so unhappy

Why is Hillary Clinton so unhappy? According to her, when she and her husband left the White House, they were dead broke. Yet they left with a truckload of valuable furniture, dinnerware and flatware that was the property of the federal government, for which they were never prosecuted. Published October 14, 2015

Natural Self Defense Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trampling the natural right to self-defense

While the FBI continued to analyze the emails Hillary Rodham Clinton thought she deleted and her advisers pressed her to hire a Republican criminal defense attorney in Washington, a madman used a lawfully purchased handgun to kill a professor and eight students at a community college in Roseburg, Ore. Published October 7, 2015

Illustration questioning the Pope's direction for the church on various issues by Kevin Keneck/Tribune Content Agency

A papacy of novelty

What if things are not always as they seem? Published September 30, 2015

Illustration on concerns over Pope Francis' ideological positions by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Is the pope a false prophet?

Rep. Thomas Massie, Kentucky Republican, has invited me to the House of Representatives to watch Pope Francis address a joint session of Congress. This generous Methodist congressman has invited your traditionalist Roman Catholic columnist and cable TV guy to this grand event. Published September 23, 2015

Untouchable Hillary Halo Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The Hillary chronicles

The bad news has continued to cascade onto the Hillary Clinton for President campaign, and none of it has anything to do with Mrs. Clinton's opinions on issues. It all is about her fitness for office. Published September 16, 2015

Illustration on the limits to freedom of conscience by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Religious faith and the rule of law

Shortly before the Labor Day weekend, a federal judge in Kentucky ordered the Rowan County clerk incarcerated for violating his orders. Five days later, he released her. Published September 9, 2015

Immigration and freedom

The tone of the debate over the nation's immigration laws has taken an ugly turn as some office-seekers offer solutions to problems that don't exist. Published September 2, 2015

Illustration on Hillary Clinton's server problems by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The deceptions of Hillary Clinton

While the scandal surrounding the emails sent and received by Hillary Clinton during her time as U.S. secretary of state continues to grow, Mrs. Clinton has resorted to laughing it off. Published August 19, 2015

Government Fishing Net Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Fourth Amendment pits Chris Christie vs. Rand Paul

The dust-up between New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul over presidential fidelity to the Constitution -- particularly the Fourth Amendment -- was the most illuminating two minutes of the Republican debate last week. Published August 12, 2015

Illustration on the judicial system's sanctioning of abortion by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The killing of the babies

The recent broadcast of videotapes taken of persons employed at Planned Parenthood -- the prolific and notorious abortion provider -- has brought the issue of abortion to the national consciousness again, and front and center to the Republican presidential primary campaign. The tapes were made secretly by a pro-life group determined to show to the world the dark side of Planned Parenthood's use of federal funds. Published August 5, 2015

Hillary Must Be Lying Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Hillary lies again

In a column I wrote in early July, based on research by my colleagues and my own analysis of government documents and eyewitness statements, I argued that in 2011 and 2012 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waged a secret war on the governments of Libya and Syria, with the approval of President Obama and the consent of congressional leadership from both parties and in both houses of Congress. Published July 29, 2015

Hillary's Illegal War Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Hillary's secret war

In the course of my work, I am often asked by colleagues to review and explain documents and statutes. Recently, in conjunction with my colleagues Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne, I read the transcripts of an interview Ms. Browne did with a man named Marc Turi, and Ms. Herridge asked me to review emails to and from State Department and congressional officials during the years when Hillary Clinton was the secretary of state. Published July 1, 2015