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Bruce Fein
Bruce Fein was Associate Deputy Attorney General and General Counsel to the Federal Communications Commission under President Ronald Reagan. He served as Research Director for Republicans on the Joint Congressional Committee on Covert Arms Sales to Iran, and on the American Bar Association's Committee on Presidential Signing Statements. He has been a Visiting Fellow for Constitutional Studies at the Heritage Foundation and an adjunct scholar at American Enterprise Institute. He has advised numerous countries on constitutional reform, including South Africa, Hungary and Russia. He is regularly called to testify before the House and Senate Judiciary and Foreign Relations Committees.

Mr. Fein is the founding member of Bruce Fein & Associates, Inc., a law corporation, and is a principal of a public advocacy organization, The Lichfield Group. He is author of Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy, and American Empire: Before the Fall.

Mr. Fein is the Founder and President of the National Commission on Intelligence Misuse and Foreign Wars in Washington, DC.

Entries by Bruce Fein

Regulatory Impartiality for Native American Tribal Lenders

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 12:57 PM

The United States owes a fiduciary duty to Native American Indian Tribes.

Yet the federal Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) seems unalterably bent on the regulatory crippling or destruction of hard-earned Indian self-sufficiency achieved through Internet commerce. That bias has been on display in litigation and CFPB harassment of legal,...

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Attacking Syria: A War of Aggression?

(7) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 1:47 PM

Approximately 2,500 years ago, Thucydides chronicled the Melian Dialogue in the History of the Peloponnesian War: "[Y]ou [Melians] know as well as we [Athenians] do that right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power." If power is not equal, "the strong do what they can...

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Misconceived New York Attack on Tribal Sovereignty

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 12:07 PM

Why are New York State authorities vexing Indian tribes?

Article I, section 8, clause 3 of the United States Constitution empowers Congress exclusively "To regulate commerce with the Indian tribes." States are ousted from jurisdiction for good reason. They have often been the deadliest enemies of Native Americans. Yet the...

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American Exceptionalism Challenged

(13) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 7:29 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin provoked widespread scorn among America's chattering class for employing The New York Times' editorial pages as a megaphone to scold the United States for hubris, i.e., a belief in its saintliness and destiny to lead the planet, a.k.a. American Exceptionalism. The pretentious pundits rebuked the messenger...

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Syria: A Turning Point Against Empire?

(46) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 12:01 PM

President Barack Obama has threatened gratuitous, unilateral, offensive military action against Syria, which would compound the already grisly Syrian war casualties. His juvenile justification is national prestige. The threatened military action confronts Congress and the American people with a momentous choice: either to repudiate the President in favor of the...

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The Civilization Genome Project

(2) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 9:11 AM

Civilization is the elevation of the human species above an animal-like existence which craves and pursues power, money, sex, domination for the sake of domination, and creature comforts. A civilized society honors virtue, wisdom, self-restraint, and a search for truth without ulterior motives. It is not preoccupied or awed by...

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A Scarlet R

(1) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 2:48 PM

Approximately a staggering twenty-five percent of women are victims of rape --a crime of violence against women-- in the military, on campus, and in society. Reforming the Uniform Code of Military Justice and raising the priority of rape among prosecutors in civilian courts would diminish the male wickedness. But the...

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Learning From Shakespeare

(4) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 10:19 AM

We do not need intelligence gurus to discover the motivations behind the Muslim brothers who perpetrated the Boston Marathon murders and mayhem. Shakespeare discerned the answer more than four centuries ago in The Merchant of Venice, about which more anon. There is nothing new under the sun.

Contemplate the...

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Squinting at Religious Discrimination

(2) Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 11:14 AM

Is the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom squinting at a transparent Turkish Muslim injustice perpetrated by a Christian Greek government?

Article 19 of the Greek Nationality Code was brandished by the Government of Greece from 1959-1998 to strip approximately 50,000 Greek citizens of Turkish descent in Western...

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The Last Enclaves of Banking Freedom

(1) Comments | Posted October 31, 2011 | 10:53 AM

To a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

To the army of regulators in the Obama administration, every lender looks like a potential problem that could mushroom into an A.I.G. debacle. They have spread their regulatory tentacles under the auspices of Dodd-Frank legislation to virtually every nook and cranny of...

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Ruinous Victories

(25) Comments | Posted October 25, 2011 | 9:38 AM

Recent United States military triumphs in Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and against suspected international terrorists anywhere on the planet have evoked hallelujahs by politicians, the media, and the American people. Muammar Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, and Anwar al-Awlaki are dead. Libya is no longer tyrannized by Gaddafi....

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Unconstitutional, Job Killing Regulatory Army

(85) Comments | Posted September 26, 2011 | 12:19 PM

Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas instructed in United States v. Cardiff that "words which are vague and fluid...may be as much a trap for the innocent as the ancient laws of Caligula" which were posted high on walls to ensnare ordinary citizens. The Obama administration is bettering Caligula's instruction...

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A Pyrrhic Victory

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2011 | 12:00 PM

The United States' extra-judicial killing of United States citizen Anwar al-Awlaki off the battlefield and unengaged in active hostilities against the United States was as lawless as was Russian President Vladimir Putin's extra-judicial killing by poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko in London, which was condemned by the United States. The al-Awlaki...

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At the Edge of Self-Destruction

(5) Comments | Posted July 20, 2011 | 5:14 PM

Individual liberty, not servile dependency on government, should be the nation's North Star. The law should stipulate that we are captains of our fate, master of our souls. Misfortunes should find no refuge in government programs beyond an austere safety net. But individuals should subscribe to St. Paul's celebration of...

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Mandatory Voluntary Guidelines

(1) Comments | Posted July 11, 2011 | 11:21 AM

As we have learned through experience, voluntary guidelines promulgated by government regulators are indistinguishable from government mandates that should be constrained by the United States Constitution. The regulatory weapons that may be employed covertly as retaliation against the recalcitrant make industry compliance with guidelines no more voluntary than yielding a...

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President Obama's Political Sepulcher

(5) Comments | Posted July 5, 2011 | 11:54 AM

President Barack Obama's political sepulcher will be war. His extinguishment as a political comet could have been avoided if he had respected the exclusive constitutional responsibility of Congress to commence war.

To defeat fifty al Qaeda in Afghanistan, he has deployed tens of thousands of troops at...

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Bachmann Divorces the Constitution

(276) Comments | Posted June 28, 2011 | 8:50 AM

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann vocally vowed to embrace the Constitution. She accredited herself a "constitutional conservative," and inaugurated constitutional tutorials for the Tea Party Caucus in the manner of a schoolmarm. But she soon divorced the Constitution over irreconcilable differences.

She earnestly argued that the Founding Fathers emancipated...

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McCain Dethrones the Rule of Law

(8) Comments | Posted May 31, 2011 | 11:45 AM

Sneering at the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution, Senator John McCain (R. Ariz.) bugled last week, "No president has ever recognized the constitutionality of the War Powers Act, and neither do I. So I don't feel bound by any [60 day] deadline" to obtain congressional authorization to...

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The Constitution and the Tea Party Part Company

(28) Comments | Posted May 16, 2011 | 8:47 AM

The proudest boast amongst Members of the Tea Party Caucus in Congress has been scrupulous adherence to the Constitution. They ridiculed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's asperity to inquiries about constitutional authority to enact Obamacare: "Are you kidding?" They insisted on reading the Constitution's text on the House floor to remind...

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A Choice Between Honor and Ignominy

(4) Comments | Posted April 25, 2011 | 10:50 AM

Vice President Joe Biden is an honorable man.

It is not that he loves the Constitution less, but that he adores political power more, which explains his tacit endorsement of President Barack Obama's usurpation of the exclusive congressional power to commence war. In Reid v. Covert, the Supreme...

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