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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont joins fellow Senate Democrats (from left) Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Charles E. Schumer of New York, and Dianne Feinstein of California after Elena Kagan's confirmation vote.

EDITORIAL: Democratic Internet censorship

Al Gore's most famous claimed invention, the Internet, has become a thorn in the side of the left. Online shopping protects consumers from having their pockets picked by the tax man. News and discussion forums have debunked various frauds from global warming to red-light cameras. Now congressional Democrats are leading the charge to give Washington a say in which websites ought to exist. Published November 22, 2010

A page from the first edition of Inspire, an online recruitment tool for jihadists that touts itself as the first magazine to be issued by al Qaeda in English. Al Qaeda in Yemen published a second edition of the magazine on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010.

EDITORIAL: TSA is a joke to al Qaeda, too

While the Transportation Security Administration is groping for an answer to air safety, al Qaeda is laughing. This week, the terror group publicly detailed its plans to circumvent the latest government security measures and bleed America to death. Published November 22, 2010

U.S.-born radical Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen is on a U.S. list of militants to kill or capture. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama's assassination list

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights have brought suit against the Obama administration for ordering the targeted killing of American-born al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki, who is believed to be holed up in Yemen. These groups argue that the president doesn't have the legal authority to order the assassination of American citizens. That's right, so in order for the kill order to stand, Awlaki should be stripped of his citizenship. Published November 20, 2010

Chevron executive Silvia M. Garrigo (left) and others are renewing calls to have Ecuador's trade status with the U.S. revoked. "The only remedy [in Chevron's legal battle with Ecuador] is for the preferences to be suspended," said Chevron spokesman Kent Robertson (right).

EDITORIAL: Assassination threat by Chevron accusers

Courts continue to expose the skulduggery of an Ecuadorean lawsuit against American oil giant Chevron Corp. On Tuesday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals smacked down the plaintiffs and backed District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan's order allowing Chevron to continue discovery efforts to prove the lawsuit is fraudulent. Judge Kaplan's Nov. 4 decision in the case uses particularly scathing terms to describe the conduct of the plaintiffs' American lawyer, Steven R. Donziger. Published November 20, 2010

An airline passenger is patted down by a TSA agent at O'Hare International Airport Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

EDITORIAL: TSA's security charade

In the past few days, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) policies have been probed almost as thoroughly as the elderly men and teenage girls subjected to one of the agency's indecent "enhanced" pat-downs. They've come up short. TSA's top man, John S. Pistole, testified Wednesday that he had no choice but to implement the security measures based on the intelligence he has on potential threats. Not that he is willing to share this information. It's all classified, of course. Published November 20, 2010

Illustration: Tea Party by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The battle in the heartland

The hard work of safeguarding freedom has just begun. This month's elections were only a beginning. To become ever more effective, conservative power must remain focused on devolving authority to the grass roots rather than accruing it in the corridors of Washington. Published November 18, 2010

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani

EDITORIAL: Osama bin Laden: Not guilty

What if Osama bin Laden was captured, brought to trial and walked? This question comes to mind after the Justice Department only managed to convict al Qaeda embassy bomber Ahmed Ghailani on one of 285 counts against him before a federal court in Manhattan. Published November 18, 2010

Illustration: Don't Ask, Don't Tell

EDITORIAL: Barack's Brokeback barracks

President Obama and his friends in the media want the public to think Americans serving in uniform are just fine and dandy with homosexual conduct in the military. This view is being spread through a series of selective leaks from the Pentagon's Comprehensive Review Working Group, which is putting the finishing touches on a report regarding the future of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Published November 18, 2010

Egyptian students wearing the face-covering veil known as the niqab walk with another wearing a khemar-style hijab last week in Cairo. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

EDITORIAL: Terrorists hiding in hijabs

Note to terrorists: Next time, wear a hijab. The Department of Homeland Security reportedly is giving special exemptions to their "enhanced pat-down" policy to Muslim women wearing the hijab or other form-concealing garments. Published November 17, 2010

Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican


Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, dropped a nuke on Tuesday when he said the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) should not be ratified during the lame-duck session of Congress. Democrats swiftly returned fire; it's curious what their rush is. Published November 17, 2010

A 2010 Chevrolet Camaro RS is on display above a row of 2010 Corvettes at Kendall Chevrolet in Miami on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

EDITORIAL: Muscle car wars

All the propaganda about General Motors' initial public offering ignores why the troubled automaker is turning the corner. Aside from taking $50 billion from taxpayers in a humiliating bailout, the key move to cut operating expenses was killing off or dumping half of its unloved brands. Pontiac hit the end of the road two weeks ago and nobody cared because its models were nothing more than rebadged Chevys with extra gaudy plastic cladding tacked on. That's a reminder of how far Government Motors has to go before people will want to buy their cars over better products from other companies. Published November 17, 2010

EDITORIAL: Big Sister's police state

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has crossed the line. As if subjecting millions of Americans to X-rated x-ray scans and public groping sessions weren't bad enough, the agency now threatens $11,000 in fines against anyone refusing to submit to humiliation at the airport. Published November 16, 2010

Illustration: Shariah by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Sooner state Shariah

Oklahomans showcased their independent streak on Election Day by launching a pre-emptive strike against the creeping influence of Shariah in their state. Voters gave the Oklahoma International Law Amendment an overwhelming 70 percent approval, denying judges the ability to consult the laws of foreign cultures when settling U.S. legal questions. While proponents of Islamic law have responded with a court challenge that has temporarily blocked the measure, the Sooner State - which sets an example for the rest of the nation - should not waver in its efforts to maintain the rule of law under the U.S. Constitution. Published November 16, 2010

Illustration: Black Panther justice by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Black Ops on Black Panther case

The Justice Department still hasn't explained its decision to drop most of its voter-intimidation case against violent Black Panthers 18 months ago. If the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights finally adopts its report on the controversy, the great lengths Justice officials have taken to avoid scrutiny will be exposed. Published November 16, 2010

** File ** This is a  Nov. 12, 2009 file photo of a member of staff from Manchester Airport demonstrating a security scanner. Airline passengers bound for the United States faced a hodgepodge of security measures across Europe on Monday Jan. 4, 2010 and airports did not appear to be following a U.S. request for increased screening of passengers from 14 countries. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson/PA, File)

EDITORIAL: Obama's hand in your crotch

The Transportation Security Administration's demeaning new "enhanced pat-down" procedures are a direct result of the Obama administration's willful blindness to the threat from Islamic radicals. While better tools are available to keep air travelers safe, they would involve recognizing the threat for what it is, which is something the White House will never do. Published November 15, 2010

President Obama meets with members of his Cabinet to discuss the response to BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Monday, June 7, 2010, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. From left are, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, White House Adviser on climate and energy Carol Browner, and the president. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

EDITORIAL: O Force politicizes science

Gulf Coast residents have plenty of reasons to be furious at the Obama administration's ham-handed, job-killing responses to last spring's BP oil spill. A new report by the Interior Department's inspector general further roils the waters. Published November 15, 2010

Rep. Joe Barton. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

EDITORIAL: The GOP's term-limits test

Over the next few weeks, ownership of the House will transition from outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, to Rep. John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican. That change can't happen soon enough, but it won't be easy. One of the first challenges for the presumptive speaker's team will be selecting committee chairmen for the 112th Congress. The heads of those panels will influence the direction of the body for years to come. Published November 15, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's international strikeout

Margaret Thatcher once said that being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. At the Group of 20 summit in Seoul, President Obama asserted that the results of the midterm elections have not diminished his power internationally and that in some ways, he is even stronger, thanks to the friendships he allegedly has developed with world leaders. Published November 12, 2010

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, has been dismissive of efforts to curb earmarks. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Senate GOP's earmark death panel

The Tea Party's influence on the direction of Senate Republicans in the 112th Congress is about to be put to the test. Grass-roots activism helped swell the ranks of the chamber's fiscal hawks with several newly elected members who are fired up about banning earmarks. When the Republican conference meets next week to consider South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint's resolution that would end the practice for its members, the outcome will demonstrate whether Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky or Mr. DeMint and the Tea Party have captured the heart and soul of the Senate GOP. Published November 12, 2010

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

EDITORIAL: The U.N.'s global tax scheme

The world's leftists dream of the day when they might erect an international taxation system. Such would be the bottomless well from which they could exploit the world's productive energies to bankroll utopian schemes and build bigger, better and, most important, higher-paying global bureaucracies. Steps were taken last week to make this dream a reality. Published November 12, 2010