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DEAN REUTER is Vice President & Director of the Practice Groups of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy. He has served in two federal government agency Offices of the Inspector General, as Counsel to the Inspector General and Deputy Inspector General, responsible for policing the legal use of federal funds granted and contracted through those agencies. As such, he helped conduct and oversee criminal investigations across the country. He is a graduate of Hood College (BA with Honors) and the University of Maryland School of Law. He is licensed to practice in Maryland, Virginia and Illinois.
If there has been a unifying theme of Barack Obama’s presidency, it is the inexorable growth of the administrative state. Its expansion has followed a pattern: First, expand federal powers beyond their constitutional limits. Second, delegate those powers to agencies and away from elected politicians in Congress. Third, insulate civil servants from politics and accountability.
After the September 11, 2001 attacks, the United States went to war. With thousands of Americans killed, billions of dollars in damage, and aggressive military and security measures in response, we are still living with the war a decade later. A change of presidential administration has not dulled controversy over the most fundamental objectives, strategies, and tactics of the war, or whether it is even a war at all.