Michael van der Galien

National Security and Judicial Modesty

Posted on January 15 2010 11:30 am
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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by Paul

Yesterday, at the Reclaim American Liberty conference in New York, a distinguished panel considered the status of our national security. Prominent among the issues were (1) whether we have the right legal architecture for maintaining our security and (2) whether we have the right battlefield architecture for this purpose. In both instances, the answer appears to be that we do not. In this post, I will focus on the first point.

Our friend Andy McCarthy took the lead on the legal issues, with former Attorney General Michael Mukasey adding his thoughts during a subsequent panel discussion. After 20 years in government — first as a federal judge and then as a cabinet member — Mukasey is emerging as a leading critic of the legal side of the Obama administration’s anti-terrorism policy. His credibility stems not just from his expertise and stellar record of public service, but also from his ability to combine a stolid demeanor with, at times, an acerbic wit.

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