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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

Orrin Hatch (Utah)

Protecting privacy in the age of globalization

Sen. Orrin Hatch, Utah Republican, is atypical in championing legislation -- the Law Enforcement Access of Stored Data Abroad (LEADS) Act -- that optimizes privacy protection consistent with proven law enforcement needs in a globalized digital age. Published September 21, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said the Iran nuclear deal is a step in the right direction. (AP Photo)

Hillary pledges unconstitutional war with Iran

Hillary Rodham Clinton hoped to bolster her presidential campaign last week by promising to initiate war against Iran as president if she became convinced it was pursuing nuclear weapons. Published September 15, 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)

GOP presidential hopefuls assail Constitution

Republican presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal and Scott Walker ("Gang of Five") have fired bullets at the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law. Published September 8, 2015

Actor-producer-director Mel Brooks strikes a heroic pose in the Roman Empire scene from his film, "History of the World, Part I." (AP Photo)

A wise and virtuous citizenry

If learning is confined to the classroom, the result will be a nation of imbeciles incapable of self-government and the preservation of liberty. That describes the American citizenry today. Published September 4, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., left, speaks to veterans at the American Legion Post 23 in Bowling Green, Ky., Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Let Rand Paul be Rand Paul

Americans have collectively voted no confidence in the powers that be. A plurality of registered voters is independent, neither Republican nor Democrat. Outsiders are besting insiders as the 2016 presidential campaign unfolds. Published August 22, 2015

President Obama said the U.S. and its allies have made significant progress in halting the advance of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, through Iraq and Syria. Now, he wants the blessing of Congress to finish the job. (Associated Press)

Obama-neocons are useful idiots to al Qaeda, ISIS

The greatest balance sheet assets of al Qaeda and ISIS are what Vladimir Lenin called "useful idiots", i.e., President Barack Obama and neocons like Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham who inflate the danger of international terrorism manifold in the service of the military-industrial-counterterrorism complex. Published August 4, 2015

President Obama tours the Roman Empire's Colosseum with Barbara Nazzaro in 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/file)

Reflections on happiness and war

The search for truth without ulterior motives is the secret of happiness. It entails an unstarry-eyed understanding and appraisal of yourself and the world uninfluenced by a desire for self-aggrandizement in any of its moods or tenses. Published July 7, 2015

A Confederate flag flies near the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

Confederate flag is a badge, incident of slavery

Congress should prohibit flying the flag on state capitol grounds pursuant to its enforcement powers under the 13th Amendment, i.e., the Badge and Incident of Slavery Act of 2015. Published June 22, 2015

This Oct. 26, 2014 photo shows a statue of Englishman William Penn in Old New Castle, Delaware. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

Rand Paul should filibuster Patriot Act extension

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, should filibuster the impending attempt by the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, also a Kentucky Republican, and his jihadists for a risk-free existence to extend section 215 of the Patriot Act past its scheduled June 2015 expiration date. Published May 20, 2015

Sen. Tom Cotton, Arkansas Republican (Associated Press) **FILE**

Where is Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas?

Sen. Tom Cotton, Arkansas Republican, was quick to lecture Iranian officials on the constitutional power of Congress to override any executive agreement with President Obama to scale back or end economic sanctions in exchange for limits on Iran's nuclear program. Published May 14, 2015

Shiite fighters, known as Houthis, wearing army uniforms escort the convoy of Ismail Weld al-Sheikh, new U.N. special envoy to Yemen, at the international airport in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition kept up their airstrikes targeting the positions of Yemen's Shiite rebels and their allies around the capital, Sanaa, hours ahead of a humanitarian cease-fire set to begin on Tuesday evening. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Yemen: The lunacy of empire

The U.S. predator drone warfare in Yemen -- an artificial nation cobbled together from the ruins of the Ottoman Empire -- illustrates the lunacy of the American Empire. Published May 12, 2015

President Barack Obama holds up a jar full of paper clips while speaking at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence's (ODNI) 10th anniversary at ODNI headquarters in McLean, Va., Friday, April 24, 2015. Obama was making a joke about Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper and used the jar to help illustrated the point. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Federal appeals court at ground zero rebukes NSA dragnet

The mega-inflated fears of the National Security Agency fortified by a military-industrial-counterterrorism complex warned against by President Dwight D. Eisenhower are no longer in the saddle. Published May 7, 2015

FILE - In this March 10, 2015 file photo, The Inspire 1, a drone manufactured by DJI, is flown in Davenport, Calif. Mexico published rules governing the use of drones on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, allowing people to operate the smallest drones in daylight without a permit but with safety rules. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

The case against predator drones

Something is rotten in President Barack Obama's classified, programmatic use of predator drones to target suspected international terrorists for death anywhere on the planet. Published April 29, 2015