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A Basic Principle About Drug Laws

Jacob G. Hornberger Nov 23, 2017

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Drug laws bring into existence drug gangs. it’s just a basic principle of economics. If you like drug gangs and the violence that comes with them, then you should support drug laws. if you oppose drug gangs and their violence, you should oppose drug laws.
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US-Led Anti-ISIS Coalition Ignores Civilian Deaths – and the Media Let Them Get Away With It

Danielle Ryan Nov 23, 2017

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The US-led coalition against ISIS has vastly played down the number of civilians that have been killed in Iraq as a result of their own airstrikes. In fact, the war against ISIS may be the "least transparent war in recent American history."


The conclusion comes from a report published by the New York Times. Reporters Azmat Khan and Anand Gopal spent 18 months investigating coalition bombing in Iraq, traveling to more than 150 sites of airstrikes across the northern part of the country. Their goal was to determine which air force launched which strikes — and whom they killed.

Troubling findings

The US-led coalition has admitted to killing civilians in a tiny minority of airstrikes. According to official figures, one civilian has been killed for every 157 airstrikes. In reality, Khan and Gopal found the actual rate is one civilian died for every five airstrikes. That means the rate of civilian deaths is 31 times higher than the US military has admitted.

The report said the most common justification given by the coalition when denying civilian casualty allegations is that it has “no record” of carrying out a strike at the time or area in question. This response, which amounts to brushing off the allegation, places the blame at someone else’s feet. The military wash their hands of the incident, and there is very little probing by politicians or the media after that.
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US Military Fraud Endemic in Overseas Operations

Wayne Madsen Nov 23, 2017

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History shows us that when empires over-extend themselves, military commanders become semi-independent warlords who usher into place systems of graft and corruption. Such was the case in the Roman Empire in 193 A.D., when Emperor Pertinax’s Praetorian Guard – a combination personal security force for the emperor and elite special forces unit that distinguished itself on distant battlefields – sold out the emperor in exchange for a bribe from an aspirant emperor, Didius Julianus. The Praetorian Guard assassinated Pertinax and swore their allegiance to the new emperor, Julianus.

The rot of corruption would help ensure the downfall of other global empires. The fraudulent British East India Company and its corporate nabobs, backed by British military and naval power, helped to ignite colonial rebellions in America in the 1770s and India in 1857.

As the United States has over-extended its military realm into the Middle East, South Asia, Africa, Europe, the Asia-Pacific, and Latin America, corruption within so-called “Areas of Responsibility” assigned to regional US military commands has run rampant.

Within the US Pacific Command (PACOM) region, a major bribery and fraud scandal centered on a US Navy contractor, Singapore-based Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), headed by Leonard Glenn Francis, a 350-pound Malaysian citizen nicknamed “Fat Leonard.” In return for cash, vacations at five-star hotels, first- and business-class flights, expensive concert tickets, Rolex watches, Mont Blanc pens, Dom Perignon champagne, vintage wine, Cuban cigars, spa treatments, foie gras, $2000 bottles of cognac, and prostitutes, US Navy officers provided Leonard with virtual unfettered access to Navy intelligence and sensitive contract information that was used by GDMA to secure lucrative Navy logistics contracts. The “Fat Leonard” scandal grew to include senior officers, including admirals, attached to the US Seventh Fleet in Japan.
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Being Thankful in Difficult Times...

Nov. 23 - We at the Ron Paul Liberty Report are thankful for many things this Thanksgiving. Of course family and friends and the freedoms we enjoy. Also to our followers and viewers. Join us for a special edition of the Ron Paul Liberty Report:



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Ron Paul Rewind: Ron Paul’s Interview with Charlie Rose
Charlie Rose’s presence on national broadcast television has been suspended and may be over. On Monday, CBS News, where Rose has been a cohost of CBS This Morning and has been a correspondent at 60 Minutes, announced it has suspended its relationship with Rose because of allegations that Rose sexually harassed employees and potential employees of Charlie Rose, Inc., which produces the Charlie Rose interview show that Rose hosts. Meanwhile, Bloomberg has suspended its taping and airing of the Charlie Rose show, and PBS has suspended its distribution of the show.
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OMG! Trump Aide Met With NATO Partner Hungary During Campaign!
The media frenzy over "Russiagate" seems to get progressively more stupid as desperation takes hold. To sustain the sense of frenzy -- which Russiagate cultists call "drip drip drip" -- they need new sensational bombshells every day. Except there aren't any. So the media makes them up.
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Slavery Support, RT Threat, Trump Impeachment, Kratom, Frisking Students
A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues posted on Saturday. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at StitcheriTunesYouTube, and SoundCloud.
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Reps. Duncan, Massie, and Jones Challenge the US Government’s War in Afghanistan
Three members of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity’s Advisory Board are member of the United States Congress — Reps. John Duncan, Thomas Massie, and Walter Jones. It was a treat to see all three of them challenging the US government’s 16-year war in Afghanistan at a hearing earlier this month of the National Security Subcommittee of the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
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Anti-Orban US State Dept Repeatedly Interferes in Hungarian Affairs – Daniel McAdams
Why is the US government funding certain media outlets in the Hungarian countryside in advance of upcoming elections? Why did they launch the program without even informing the Hungarian government, a NATO partner? Does Trump know about such an operation that is hostile to Hungarian Prime Minister Orban with whom he has a good relationship? The Hungarian government has just formally demanded an explanation from the US Embassy in Budapest. RPI's Daniel McAdams is on RT to discuss this explosive story...
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