Texas Congressman’s Proposal Conditions US Foreign Assistance on Border Security

Congress must hold these nations accountable by restricting and conditioning assistance, as well as revisiting terms of several trade agreements or imposing penalties, yes tariffs (on trade, not people), on nations that refuse to take concrete steps to get a handle on migration issues. Truly comprehensive reform must include a foreign policy and national security component …

Morning Musings

The State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting Russia Television is concerned that the NSA may be monitoring electronic communications during airplane flights. I usually never read Russian news sources, however, have done so the past few weeks. I’m starting to see a pattern in a lot of the cyber security, privacy (something one has in abundance in …

Musings Around Town and Virginia

Hold onto your wallets. Secure your bank accounts. After a peaceful week, Members of Congress return to town. The hard left of the Democratic Party wants a Church and Pike-level scandal. The best they can do, Snowden. And now they have the votes to make it so. Be careful what you wish for in this …

Keeping the Internet Regulation Free, Slipping

Tinkering with Internet freedom. Once you go down that road, there will be no turning back. It is coming and some of the giants of the business may end up, unwittingly, helping to regulate something that should stay as regulation-free as possible. According to The Hill newspaper, an influential tech coalition is supporting a legislative …

Snowden Belongs in a Prison Cell With No Internet Access

When someone like a contractor employee such as Edward Snowden is granted a security clearance, they usually need to sign a Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement (Form 312, 32 CFR Part 2001.80 – appended below). Among other things, contractors acknowledge that a “special confidence and trust” is placed in them by the U.S. Government to view and use the …

Mr. President, Horses Are a Good Thing

The final presidential campaign debate was uneventful. It appears by design and both sides wanted it that way. I wanted to hear more about Libya, the war on terrorism (I guess I should not be using that phrase anymore that anymore), U.S.-China relations, trade in the Americas, and a whole host of other global issues. …

Congressional Committee Report Raises Concerns Over Chinese Economic Activity in the U.S.

A key national security committee of the US Congress published a bipartisan report yesterday that raises various public policy and legal questions related to Chinese economic activity in the US. The target companies argue the report is an exercise in protectionism. The government says it is focused national security. Analyzing solely the responses from both …