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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

Annabel Claprood, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School touches one of the roses at the Pulse night club, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 in Orlando, Fla.  Parents and students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School made a stop at the site of the nightclub attack  on their way back home from Tallahassee. Students returned to class at the high school, Wednesday, following the Feb. 14 mass shooting that killed several students and teachers.  (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

In defense of the right to keep and bear arms

The Ash Wednesday massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, seems to have broken more hearts than similar tragedies that preceded it. It was no more senseless than other American school shootings, but there is something about the innocence and bravery and eloquence of the youthful survivors that has touched the souls of Americans deeply. Published February 28, 2018

Phishing Moscow Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Mueller in hot pursuit

Last Friday, a federal grand jury sitting in Washington, D.C., indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian corporations for conspiracy and for using false instruments and computer hacking so as to influence the American presidential election in 2016. The indictment alleges a vast, organized and professional effort, funded by tens of millions of dollars, whereby Russian spies passed themselves off as Americans on the internet, on the telephone and even in person here in the U.S. to sow discord about Hillary Clinton and thereby assist in the election of Donald Trump. Published February 21, 2018

Faucet Money Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A million dollars a minute

Imagine you open the faucet of your kitchen sink expecting water and instead out comes cash. Now imagine that it comes out at the rate of $1 million a minute. You call your plumber, who thinks you're crazy. To get you off the phone, he opines that it is your sink and therefore must be your money. So you spend it wildly. Then you realize that the money wasn't yours and you owe it back. Published February 14, 2018

Illustration on the abuses of government surveillance in a free society by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

'It can happen here'

We remain embroiled in a debate over the nature and extent of our own government's spying on us. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which was enacted in 1978 as a response to the unlawful government spying of the Watergate era, was a lawful means for the government to engage in foreign surveillance on U.S. soil, but it has morphed into unchecked government spying on ordinary Americans. Published February 7, 2018

Lying, spying and hiding

I have argued for a few weeks now that House Intelligence Committee members have committed misconduct in office by concealing evidence of spying abuses by the National Security Agency and the FBI. They did this by sitting on a four-page memo that summarizes the abuse of raw intelligence data while Congress was debating a massive expansion of FISA. Published January 31, 2018

The Dome of the Capitol Building in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

How a conspiracy of silence assaults privacy

During the past three weeks, Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed into law vast new powers for the NSA and the FBI to spy on innocent Americans and selectively to pass on to law enforcement the fruits of that spying. Published January 24, 2018

Uncle Sam Watching You Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The undoing of limited government

Late last week, Rep. Devin Nunes, California Republican, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, repeated his public observations that members of the intelligence community — particularly the CIA, the NSA and the intelligence division of the FBI — are not trustworthy with the nation's intelligence secrets. Because he has a security clearance at the "top secret" level and knows how others who have access to secrets have used and abused them, his allegations are extraordinary. Published January 17, 2018

US Constitution (illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington TImes)

Working below the radar, unleashing surveillance

Hidden beneath the controversy stirred up last week by the publication of a book called "Fire and Fury," a highly critical insider's view of the Trump White House that the president has not only denounced on national television but also tried to prevent from being published and distributed, are the efforts of the Trump administration and congressional leadership to bypass the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. Published January 10, 2018

Office pool 2018

A multiple-choice, current events challenge. Published January 3, 2018

Christian actors portray Joseph and Mary during a re-enactment of a Nativity scene of the birth of Jesus Christ during Christmas festivities at the Nazareth Village in Nazareth, northern Israel , Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

What if everyone really meant Merry Christmas?

What if Christmas is a core value of belief in a personal God who lived among us and His freely given promise of eternal salvation that no believer should reject or apologize for? Published December 27, 2017

 In this June 21, 2017, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Trapping Trump's transition team

Within hours of his victory in last year's presidential election, Donald Trump dispatched his lawyers to establish a nonprofit corporation to manage his transition from private life to the presidency. This was done pursuant to a federal statute that provides for taxpayer-funded assistance to the newly elected — but not yet inaugurated — president. The statutory term for the corporation is the presidential transition team, or PTT. Published December 20, 2017

In this courtroom sketch, defendant Akayed Ullah is seen on a video monitor from his hospital room, joined by his attorneys, federal defenders Amy Gallicchio, left, and Juliet Gatto, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in New York. On the bench at left and on the video monitor at right is Magistrate Judge Katherine Parker. Ullah is accused of setting off a pipe bomb that was strapped to his body on Monday, Dec. 11 in a pedestrian tunnel linking two busy subway stations near New York City's Port Authority bus terminal. Only he was seriously injured. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)

Blowing up the Constitution

For the second time in two months, someone who has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State has plotted to kill innocents in New York City and has executed his plot. Published December 13, 2017

President Donald Trump waves as he walks on the South Lawn upon his return to the White House in Washington from a trip to Missouri on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Not over by Thanksgiving

In August, when President Trump's lawyers persuaded him to refrain from attacking independent counsel Robert Mueller publicly — he had many times called Mr. Mueller's investigation a "witch hunt" — they also told him that the investigation was not aimed at him and not to worry because it would be over by Thanksgiving. Published November 29, 2017

The Capitol Dome of the Capitol Building in Washington, Monday, July 17, 2017. The Senate has been forced to put the republican's health care bill on hold for as much as two weeks until Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., can return from surgery. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Debt and taxes and perdition

Should the government borrow against the future? Should it guarantee higher taxes for your children and grandchildren in return for lower taxes for you? Published November 22, 2017

Investigation into the Investigation Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

More Chronicles of Hillary

The Department of Justice will soon commence an investigation to determine whether there should be an investigation (you read that nonsense correctly) of a scandal involving the Clinton Foundation and a company called Uranium One. It appears that FBI decisions made during the time that Hillary Clinton was being investigated for espionage will also be investigated to see whether there should be an investigation to determine whether she was properly investigated. (Again, you read that nonsense correctly.) Published November 15, 2017

Government steals liberty and doesn't give safety

What if the government doesn't really deliver for us? What if its failures to protect our lives, liberties and property are glaring? What if nothing changes after these failures? Published November 8, 2017

Illustration on the special council investigation by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The tip of a prosecutorial iceberg

Earlier this week, the government revealed that a grand jury sitting in Washington, D.C., indicted a former Trump presidential campaign chairman and his former deputy and business partner for numerous felonies. Published November 1, 2017

Overreach of Bogus Legal Claims Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The American fiction of 'universal jurisdiction'

I am in Switzerland this week interacting with and lecturing to students and faculty at the University of Zurich. The subject of our work is the U.S. Constitution and its protections of personal liberty. Published October 25, 2017

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The problem with Obamacare subsidies

Late last week, President Trump signed an executive order directing the secretaries of the Treasury and health and human services to cease making payments to health care insurance companies in behalf of the more than 6 million Americans who qualify for these payments under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. Published October 18, 2017