Rand Paul on Whistleblowers, Secret Courts, and Surveillance

During the impeachment trial, the Chief Justice declined to read Rand Paul’s question about connections among the national security staff and Adam Schiff’s staff.  Yesterday, Senator Paul took advantage of the “Speech or Debate Clause” (Article I, Section 6, Clause 1) of the U.S. Constitution to ask the same question on the floor of the Senate and expand on the threat that secret courts and surveillance pose to liberty and self-governance.

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COPS: Impeachment Edition

COPS logoI’ve been cleaning up an agenda of far too much system administration and deadline-driven writing tonight on far too little sleep, so I’ve had the C-SPAN2 feed of the U.S. Senate impeachment proceedings on the auxiliary screen, often muted, just as an annealing input to keep me from dozing off.

The one thing I found striking is that whenever the Senate is in recess, they show scenes within the capitol with solons and their hangers-on in various corridors and escalators or power, and wherever you see them, you see COPS.  Yes, COPS, with silly hats, badges, and shoulder patches.  Not the odd one or two, but lots of COPS, sometimes four of five of them talking to one another.  COPS standing near doors looking important, heads swiveling as people walk by.  I don’t have enough resolution to see if they’re armed.... [Read More]


A shift in the weather

Senator Lamar Alexander:

“If this shallow, hurried and wholly partisan impeachment were to succeed, it would rip the country apart, pouring gasoline on the fire of cultural divisions that already exist,” Alexander said. “It would create the weapon of perpetual impeachment to be used against future presidents whenever the House of Representatives is of a different political party.”... [Read More]