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Bruce Fein

Bruce Fein

Bruce Fein served as associate deputy attorney general and general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission under President Reagan. He is now a partner in the firm Fein & DelValle, PLLC. Mr. Fein is also the author of "American Empire Before the Fall and Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy." You can contact him at Brucefeinlaw.

Articles by Bruce Fein

Bill of Rights, U.S. Constitution

Stick with the Constitution on religious freedom

Let's stick with the U.S. Constitution's protection of the free exercise of religion as expounded by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in Employment Division v. Smith (1990). Published April 4, 2015

A U.S. sailor guides a military jet preparing for takeoff just after another has catapulted off the deck of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, Thursday, March 19, 2015. U.S. aircraft aboard the Carl Vinson as well as French military jets aboard the nearby French carrier Charles de Gaulle are flying missions over Iraq in the fight against Islamic State militants. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Limitless counterterrorism stupidity

What legendary German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer lamented about mankind in general applies to the United States counterterrorism establishment in particular: "The good Lord set definite limits on man's wisdom, but set no limits on his stupidity." Published March 20, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves as he speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Benjamin Netanyahu wrong on Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is monumentally wrong about the Iranian threat, an echo of his ill-conceived Sept. 12, 2002, exhortation to the House Foreign Affairs Committee to overthrow Iraq's Saddam Hussein to secure "enormous positive reverberations" throughout the region. Published March 4, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a government meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

Vladimir Putin's Ukrainian sepulcher

Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine should be undisturbing to the United States. It will prove Mr. Putin's sepulcher. Let's not stand in his way. Published February 20, 2015

Long distance operator Elizabeth Keener, 18, poses with the Princess, an oval-shaped telephone called an attempt to obtain a design of classic simplicity by designer Henry Drefuss of Bell Laboratories, Sept. 3, 1959, Atlanta, Ga. Bell says it is the sixth major home telephone alteration since the original invention in 1876. (AP Photo/Horace Cort)

The Fourth Amendment and law enforcement abroad

After decades of slumber, Congress has awakened to the need to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (EPCA), enacted in the "horse and buggy" stage of the Digital Age. Published February 18, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks in Washington in this Jan. 13, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Only Rand Paul can save us

Of all the Democratic or Republican presidential aspirants for 2016, only U.S. Sen. Rand Paul can save us from ruination born of perpetual, purposeless, unfunded global wars and limitless presidential power. Published February 15, 2015

Foreign policy midwifery

U.S. foreign policy is informed by expert dunces, who chronically give birth to calamities. Published February 11, 2015

** FILE ** President John F. Kennedy delivers his inaugural address after taking the oath of office at the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20, 1961. (Associated Press)

Neo-con stupidity

Stupidity, thy name is neo-cons. Their trademark is to hallucinate about "moderate forces" from South Asia to the Sahel; and, to urge the United States to partner with them to defeat extremism and spread democracy, the rule of law and secularism throughout the solar system. Published January 29, 2015

Front from the left, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, EU Council President Donald Tusk and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, process arm-in-arm in Paris, France, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015.  Thousands of people began filling France's iconic Republique plaza, and world leaders converged on Paris in a rally of defiance and sorrow on Sunday to honor the 17 victims of three days of bloodshed that left France on alert for more violence. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

The superiority of Western culture

A clear lesson should be drawn from the Charlie Hebdo terrorist murders by Islamic radicals and the response in France and elsewhere in the Western world. Published January 16, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis is shown in this undated photo.  Brandeis served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court from 1916 to 1939.  (AP Photo)

Protecting the press within the journalistic sphere

New York Times reporter James Risen should enjoy an absolute constitutional privilege to refuse to testify about anything he did or learned in the course of traditional journalistic activities in the Espionage Act trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey A. Sterling. Published January 7, 2015

 James Clapper (Illustration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times)

The Surveillance State has arrived

President Obama's National Security Agency (NSA) is the digital equivalent of the Panopticon but spies on the entire U.S. population. Published January 6, 2015

Sen. Marco Rubio (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Marco Rubio repudiates George Washington

A President Rubio would initiate war or covert CIA action to overthrow any government of Colombia whose economic policies diminished American jobs. Published January 6, 2015

In this Sept. 9, 2000 photo, Cuban artist Tania Bruguera stands in front of one of her art pieces, a representation of a raft, in Havana. ( AP Photo/Cristobal Herrera)

No U.S. obligation to Cuban democracy advocates

President Obama correctly normalized U.S. relations with Fidel and Raul Castro's Communist tyranny without doing anything for Cuban democracy advocates. Published January 5, 2015