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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

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks after he received the Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. The honor is given annually to an individual who displays courage and conviction while striving to secure liberty for people worldwide. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Patriotism is last refuge of John McCain, Elon Musk

Section 1615 of the pending National Defense Authorization Act smuggled in by Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, to repay political benefactor Elon Musk proves philosopher Samuel Johnson's adage: "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." Published October 17, 2017

In this Feb. 17, 2016 file photo, plants grow at the home of Jeremy Nickle, owner of Hawaiian Holy Smokes, in Honolulu, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marina Riker, File)

On the Medical Marijuana Amendment, Trump and Sessions are wrong

Exemplary is the opposition of President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to extending the Rohrabacher Medical Marijuana Amendment to prohibit the expenditure of federal funds to prosecute medical marijuana businesses that are operating legally under state law. Published September 25, 2017

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria addresses the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

U.N. lends megaphone to Nigerian genocide

The United Nations will live in infamy for lending its megaphone on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, to Nigeria's elected military dictator Muhammadu Buhari. Published September 20, 2017

Cyber Security Threat Against Elections Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Elections security is national security

The U.S. Senate should enthusiastically pass the Graham-Klobuchar amendment to H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2018. Published August 28, 2017

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Congress should protect Mueller from Saturday Night Massacre

Congress should enact legislation that would protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller from arbitrary firing by President Trump to short-circuit his investigation of alleged Russian government collusion with the Trump presidential campaign or related crimes. It should resurrect the Independent Counsel Act. Published August 15, 2017

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Congress should sunset Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act amendments

Congress should sunset any extension of the intelligence community's dubious electronic surveillance authority to intercept, store and search the contents of international communications under section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments of 2008. Published July 31, 2017

The National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md.There were 17 separate agencies and bureaus doing intelligence gathering, analysis, field ops of one kind or another, civilian and military. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Section 702 surveillance should not be extended until the Fourth Amendment is honored

Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments of 2008 (FAA) authorizes the government to seize and search the international communications of American citizens without probable cause or warrants in violation of the Fourth Amendment. Section 702 should not be extended beyond its current expiration date of December 31, 2017 unless Congress cures its constitutional infirmity. Published July 25, 2017

The D.C. Council voted unanimously Tuesday to bar city agencies from providing voting information requested by President Trump's election integrity commission. The District joins a number of states that have rebuffed the request over privacy concerns. (Emma Ayers / The Washington Times)

Recasting Trump's election integrity commission

President Donald Trump's May 11, 2017 Executive Order establishing the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is overbroad and unfocused. Section 3 (a) and (b), for instance, authorizes inquiry into anything that might "enhance" or "undermine" public confidence in the integrity of elections, which could include media or polling biases, money, gerrymandering, or otherwise. Published July 19, 2017

Failure to Interpret the Islamic Terror Threat Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

H.R. McMaster's own 'Dereliction of Duty'

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is guilty of the same deceits, expediencies and tergiversations for which he sharply rebuked our military leadership during the Vietnam War in "Dereliction of Duty." Mr. Master's defection from his own gospel to the catechisms of the multi-trillion dollar military-industrial-counterterrorism complex was no aberration. Published July 11, 2017

Who should fund science research?

Government-funded scientific research is generally a bad deal for taxpayers but a good deal for government officials who choose to feed at the public trough. To no avail, erstwhile Sen. William Proxmire (D-Wis.) acquired notoriety with Golden Fleece Awards for inane or extravagant government spending. Published July 7, 2017

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis briefs the press prior to a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan at the George C. Marshall Center in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Trump shouldn't follow McMaster, Mattis advice

President Donald Trump should beware of his military advisers -- especially retired Marine Corps General and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and U.S. Army officer and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. Published July 5, 2017