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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 government domain over our persons and vaccination by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate?

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie unwittingly ignited a firestorm earlier this week when he responded to a reporter's question in Great Britain about forced vaccinations of children in New Jersey by suggesting that the law in the United States needs to balance the rights of parents against the government's duty to maintain standards of public health. Published February 4, 2015

Illustration on the failed policy of enemy combatant internment by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The al-Marri enigma

Ali Saleh al-Marri is a convicted conspirator who entered the United States before Sept. 11, 2001, in order to create a dreaded sleeper cell here that might someday launch an attack on Americans similar to what we witnessed earlier this month in Paris. When the feds woke from their slumber on Sept. 11, they wisely began to search immigration records for persons who came here with no discernible purpose from places known to spawn terrorist groups and who had overstayed their visas. Al-Marri was one such person. Published January 28, 2015

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Who will keep our freedoms safe?

While the Western world was watching and grieving over the slaughter in Paris last week, and my colleagues in the media were fomenting a meaningless debate about whether President Obama should have gone to Paris to participate in a televised parade, the feds took advantage of that diversion to reveal even more incursions into our liberties than we had known about. Published January 21, 2015

Illustration on French "free speech" by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

What freedom of speech?

The photos of 40 of the world's government leaders marching arm-in-arm along a Paris boulevard on Sunday with the president of the United States not among them was a provocative image that has fomented much debate. The march was, of course, in direct response to the murderous attacks on workers at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by a pair of brothers named Kouachi, and on shoppers at a Paris kosher supermarket by one of the brothers' comrades. Published January 14, 2015

Lamenting liberty lost

A British author, residing in the United States for the past 30 years, created a small firestorm earlier this week with his candid observations that modern-day Americans have been duped by the government into accepting a European-style march toward socialism because we fail to appreciate the rich legacy of personal liberty that is everyone's birthright and is expressly articulated in the Declaration of Independence and guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Published January 7, 2015

Illustration on Congress' continuing resolution provisions eroding Constitutional liberties by Alexandr Hunter/The Washington Times

President and Congress are heedless to the limits of their power

When the government is waving at us with its right hand, so to speak, it is the government's left hand that we should be watching. Just as a magician draws your attention to what he wants you to see so you will not observe how his trick is performed, last week presented a textbook example of public disputes masking hidden deceptions. Here is what happened. Published December 17, 2014

Illustration on the moral and legal issues of CIA "torture" by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The CIA and its torturers

When the head of the CIA's torture unit decided to destroy videotapes of his team's horrific work, he unwittingly set in motion a series of events that led to the release this week of the most massive, detailed documentation of unlawful behavior by high-ranking government officials and intentional infliction of pain on noncombatants by the United States government since the Civil War era. Here is the backstory. Published December 10, 2014

Illustration on issues raised by Ferguson by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

Racial sensitivity and militarization of police make an explosive brew

The city of Ferguson, Missouri, is now burned into our consciousness in a way that few other places are. In my youth, the race riots in Newark, Detroit and Los Angeles marked turning points in my own and in the public's awareness of the problems of a black underclass that perceives itself as being so unfairly governed by a white power structure that it resorts to violence. Published December 3, 2014

illustration on the values of life and government by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Our gratitude belongs not to government, but to God

What if the government is designed 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 major political party controls Congress? Published November 26, 2014

Illustration on the nomination process for Loretta Lynch by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Questions for Loretta Lynch's Senate confirmation hearings

Within hours of realizing that his party lost control of the U.S. Senate last week, President Obama nominated Loretta Lynch, the chief federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, N.Y., to be the next attorney general. Published November 12, 2014

Illustration on fears that Republicans will not effectively confron the Obama agenda by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Can the Republicans make a difference?

With the midterm elections complete, it is clear now that the Republicans will control the U.S. Senate for the next two years. Will it make a difference? Published November 5, 2014

Liberties Lost Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The presumption of liberty

In the years following the adoption of the Constitution, before he was secretary of state under President Thomas Jefferson and then president himself, James Madison, who wrote the Constitution, was a member of the House of Representatives. Published October 29, 2014

Illustration on continued government monitoring of speech by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The feds' 'truthy' new chill on free speech

Earlier this week, the federal government's National Science Foundation, an entity created to encourage the study of science, announced that it had awarded a grant to study what people say about themselves and others in social media. Published October 22, 2014

Illustration on the threat to personal liberty posed by government intelligence gathering by William Brown/Tribune Content Agency

A euphemism for tyranny

Earlier this week, FBI Director James Comey in an interview on "60 Minutes" revealed a flawed understanding of personal freedom. Published October 15, 2014

President Obama stands with former President George W. Bush at the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas on April 25, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Parallel reconstruction, an edifice of lies at NSA and DOJ

While the political commentators in the nation's capital are wrapped up in the debate over what to do about the Islamic State … the president's spies continue to capture massive amounts of personal information about hundreds of millions of us and lie about it. Published October 8, 2014

James Clapper          T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times

Throwing Clapper under the bus

When President Obama attributed the rise in Iraq of the Islamic State, or ISIS, to the failures of the U.S. intelligence community earlier this week, naming and blaming directly National Intelligence Director James R. Clapper, he was attempting to deflect criticism of his own incompetence. Published October 1, 2014

Illustration on the dangers of renewed involvement in Iraq by Kevin Kreneck/Tribune Content Agency

Mistakes of the past are back in Iraq and Syria

What if the American invasion of Iraq had nothing to do with weapons of mass destruction? What if whatever weapons of mass destruction Saddam Hussein once had were sold to him in the 1980s by American arms dealers with the express permission of the U.S. government? Published September 24, 2014

Illustration on Obama's planned conduct of war against ISIS by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

More unlawful presidential killing

The nation has lost sight of the more fundamental issue of President Obama's infidelity to the rule of law. Published September 17, 2014

Illustration on Congress' authority to make war     The Washington Times

When America wages war

Chief among those restraints, in Madison's view, was the delegation to Congress, and not to the president, of the power to wage war. Published September 10, 2014

Illustration on the 1984 society     The Washington Times

An unhappy summer for liberty

At the root of the chaos in the Middle East and here at home are governments that respect no limits on their exercise of power. Published September 3, 2014