Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity All Blogs 2019 http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/rss.aspx?blogid=5 Wed, 21 Aug 2019 04:00:00 GMT Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:01:47 GMT Vince Vaughn Discusses Libertarianism and Ron Paul Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/august/21/vince-vaughn-discusses-libertarianism-and-ron-paul/

When Vince Vaughn is not acting in or producing a movie, there is a good chance he is reading about, or otherwise giving some thought to, political ideas. Interviewed recently by host Tom Woods at the Tom Woods Show, Vaughn described his political views as tending toward constitutionalism and libertarianism and recounted that he learned about and ultimately met libertarian communicator and former United States House of Representatives member and presidential candidate Ron Paul due to looking into the Federal Reserve. Abolishing the Federal Reserve has long been a major part of Paul’s agenda.

Paul, says Vaughn in the interview, “is really the only candidate I think I’ve ever endorsed, probably because I was most really in agreeance with him on stuff.” Vaughn, though, indicates in the interview that he is not interested in following Paul’s course of running for political office. Vaughn says that he has “always been very interested in history and politics” but never wanted “to throw my hat in the ring.”

Listen to the complete interview, in which Vaughn also talks about his film career, here.]]>
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Red Flag Laws Are Far from Harmless Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/august/19/red-flag-laws-are-far-from-harmless/

When President Donald Trump presented on August 5 a collection of proposals for government actions to counter mass shootings, advancing red flag laws was part of the package. Briefly describing such laws that operate in several states, Trump said, “we must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms, and that, if they do, those firearms can be taken through rapid due process.” That description — taking guns only from people who “pose a grave risk to public safety” and only after a judgment has been made in accordance with due process — would make red flag laws sound to many people like a rather harmless means to protect the public from extreme harm. However, the truth is very different.

Donald Kilmer, a lawyer who has worked on cases where people were targeted with California red flag laws, described in a Saturday Washington Examiner editorial the terrible ordeal that an individual subjected to red flag laws, and people who live with that individual, can be forced to undergo. The ordeal starts with a judge deciding to order that an individual immediately cannot legally possess any guns, based entirely on arguments presented by those seeking to deprive the individual of his guns. This imposes immediate risks and costs on the individual, as well as people who live with him. They can be subject to punishment and must quickly arrange the moving of their guns elsewhere. Next up, the individual can argue in a hearing and, if unsuccessful at the hearing, in an appeal that his ability to legally possess guns should be restored. This, explains Kilmer can cost tens of thousands of dollars. All the while, the individual is denied his ability to legally possess guns.

And the prospects of success at a hearing may not be so great. Writes Kilmer:
To win these hearings, you have to refute an allegation that you pose a danger to yourself or others where a judge already issued a temporary ex parte order that concluded you were already a danger. Many judges will likely err on the side of caution, and against your rights.
 To boot, suggests Kilmer, California’s red flag laws would not have prevented any recent mass shootings.

Read Kilmer’s editorial here.]]>
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Neocons See Hong Kong as China’s ‘Soft Underbelly’ – Daniel McAdams RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/august/13/neocons-see-hong-kong-as-china-s-soft-underbelly-daniel-mcadams/
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ISIS Comeback in Syria and Iraq? McAdams on RT America RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/august/08/isis-comeback-in-syria-and-iraq-mcadams-on-rt-america/
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President Trump’s Response to Shootings Includes an Internet Crackdown Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/august/05/president-trump-s-response-to-shootings-includes-an-internet-crackdown/

After any mass shooting, you can expect many politicians to jump in front of reporters and voters to herald support for cracking down on the ability of people to obtain, keep, and carry guns. President Donald Trump fits that mold, expressing his continuing support for imposing red flag laws to deprive people of their guns in his Monday statement in response to killings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. He further trumpeted in the statement gun restriction actions he has taken as president, including directing the Department of Justice to ban bump stocks and approving legislation strengthening gun purchase background checks. Trump also noted the United States government last year prosecuted a record number of firearms offenses.

But, Trump’s policy response in his statement went far beyond praising his past and ongoing gun control efforts. He also presented a list of other objectives including quick capital punishment for people found guilty of hate crimes and mass murder and more involuntary confinement of mentally disturbed people. He proposed cracking down on the internet as well.

Regarding the internet, Trump stated:
We must recognize that the Internet has provided a dangerous avenue to radicalize disturbed minds and perform demented acts.  We must shine light on the dark recesses of the Internet, and stop mass murders before they start.  The Internet, likewise, is used for human trafficking, illegal drug distribution, and so many other heinous crimes.  The perils of the Internet and social media cannot be ignored, and they will not be ignored.
This comment from Trump is not surprising, coming a couple weeks after United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin promoted a crackdown on cryptocurrencies because they, like the internet, can be used to help accomplish bad, or at least government disapproved, purposes. Make no mistake: When Trump says he wants to “shine light on the dark recesses of the Internet” he is calling for more surveillance of, restrictions on, and punishments for people’s internet activities.]]>
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Is This The End Of The Fed? Surviving The Coming Crisis - With Guest Jeff Harris Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/august/01/is-this-the-end-of-the-fed-surviving-the-coming-crisis-with-guest-jeff-harris/
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More Afghan Civilians Killed By US Than By Taliban! Will Trump Withdraw? Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/july/31/more-afghan-civilians-killed-by-us-than-by-taliban-will-trump-withdraw/
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Want to Travel? First Answer Some Questions from a Virtual Policeman Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/july/29/want-to-travel-first-answer-some-questions-from-a-virtual-policeman/

Yes, the harassment travelers in American airports are forced to undergo for security, or, as some people call it, “security theater,” can become worse. Travelers already arrive early to stand in long lines before having their carry-on baggage inspected and their bodies scanned by machines of questionable safety. In some cases, travelers are frisked. All this despite there being no reason to suspect the particular travelers have committed or will commit a crime. “It’s all for your safety,” a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee may say if asked why the mass harassment occurs day in and day out.

Yet, there can always be more harassment added to the mix. Don’t be surprised if travelers in America one day are required to answer questions presented by a computer avatar before they can take a flight, or maybe a bus or train ride. Suppose the connected computer program determines some of your answers are not truthful, then no travel for you or, at least, no travel without you being subjected to additional scrutiny. That is the nature of a program now being tested in Europe.

Ryan Gallagher and Ludovica Jona write about the pilot program, and its highly questionable results, in a Friday The Intercept article. Their article begins with the following:
They call it the Silent Talker. It is a virtual policeman designed to strengthen Europe’s borders, subjecting travelers to a lie detector test before they are allowed to pass through customs.

Prior to your arrival at the airport, using your own computer, you log on to a website, upload an image of your passport, and are greeted by an avatar of a brown-haired man wearing a navy blue uniform.

'What is your surname?' he asks. 'What is your citizenship and the purpose of your trip?' You provide your answers verbally to those and other questions, and the virtual policeman uses your webcam to scan your face and eye movements for signs of lying.

At the end of the interview, the system provides you with a QR code that you have to show to a guard when you arrive at the border. The guard scans the code using a hand-held tablet device, takes your fingerprints, and reviews the facial image captured by the avatar to check if it corresponds with your passport. The guard’s tablet displays a score out of 100, telling him whether the machine has judged you to be truthful or not.

A person judged to have tried to deceive the system is categorized as 'high risk' or 'medium risk,' dependent on the number of questions they are found to have falsely answered. Our reporter — the first journalist to test the system before crossing the Serbian-Hungarian border earlier this year — provided honest responses to all questions but was deemed to be a liar by the machine, with four false answers out of 16 and a score of 48. The Hungarian policeman who assessed our reporter’s lie detector results said the system suggested that she should be subject to further checks, though these were not carried out.

Travelers who are deemed dangerous can be denied entry, though in most cases they would never know if the avatar test had contributed to such a decision. The results of the test are not usually disclosed to the traveler; The Intercept obtained a copy of our reporter’s test only after filing a data access request under European privacy laws.
Continue reading Gallagher and Jona’s article here.

You may think the United States government would not be interested in using this type of technology-assisted harassment on travelers. But, in fact, it is right up the US government’s alley. Consider James Bovard’s 2018 article regarding TSA’s deployment of the Quiet Skies program that employed human surveillance to develop, based on “the flimsiest of pretexts,” assessments of danger posed by travelers.]]>
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Ron Paul Discusses President Trump’s Mixed Messages Regarding Iran Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/july/21/ron-paul-discusses-president-trump-s-mixed-messages-regarding-iran/ suggesting that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) — Ron Paul’s son and an advocate for improving United States relations with Iran — could help reduce tension with Iran by talking with the nation’s foreign minister.

Paul also discusses in the interview several other foreign policy matters, including the US government’s effort to overthrow the Venezuela government, the ending of the US dollar’s status as the world reserve currency, and Paul’s support for ending US involvement in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Watch Ron Paul’s interview here:

Get your tickets to the Ron Paul Institute's Washington Annual Conference on August 24th. Tickets and info here.

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Lew Rockwell Q and A: Optimism, Murray Rothbard, and the Mises Institute Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/july/21/lew-rockwell-q-and-a-optimism-murray-rothbard-and-the-mises-institute/

Before a packed house at the Ludwig von Mises Institute’s Mises University on Thursday, Mises Institute founder Lew Rockwell addressed an array of topics. On stage, Mark Thornton presented Rockwell with questions provided by attendees. Among the matters discussed during the Q and A, Rockwell explains why he believes there is reason for optimism in both the long term and the short term, discusses his time with the late influential libertarian writer Murray Rothbard who Rockwell says he still misses every day, and recounts some of the story of the early years of the Mises Institute.

Listen to Rockwell’s Q and A here.

Rockwell is an Advisory Board member for the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. Come see Lew Rockwell speak at the Ron Paul Institute's August 24th conference in Washington DC! Info and tickets here.]]>
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Vince Vaughn Discusses Libertarianism and Ron Paul Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/august/21/vince-vaughn-discusses-libertarianism-and-ron-paul/

When Vince Vaughn is not acting in or producing a movie, there is a good chance he is reading about, or otherwise giving some thought to, political ideas. Interviewed recently by host Tom Woods at the Tom Woods Show, Vaughn described his political views as tending toward constitutionalism and libertarianism and recounted that he learned about and ultimately met libertarian communicator and former United States House of Representatives member and presidential candidate Ron Paul due to looking into the Federal Reserve. Abolishing the Federal Reserve has long been a major part of Paul’s agenda.

Paul, says Vaughn in the interview, “is really the only candidate I think I’ve ever endorsed, probably because I was most really in agreeance with him on stuff.” Vaughn, though, indicates in the interview that he is not interested in following Paul’s course of running for political office. Vaughn says that he has “always been very interested in history and politics” but never wanted “to throw my hat in the ring.”

Listen to the complete interview, in which Vaughn also talks about his film career, here.]]>
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Red Flag Laws Are Far from Harmless Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/august/19/red-flag-laws-are-far-from-harmless/

When President Donald Trump presented on August 5 a collection of proposals for government actions to counter mass shootings, advancing red flag laws was part of the package. Briefly describing such laws that operate in several states, Trump said, “we must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms, and that, if they do, those firearms can be taken through rapid due process.” That description — taking guns only from people who “pose a grave risk to public safety” and only after a judgment has been made in accordance with due process — would make red flag laws sound to many people like a rather harmless means to protect the public from extreme harm. However, the truth is very different.

Donald Kilmer, a lawyer who has worked on cases where people were targeted with California red flag laws, described in a Saturday Washington Examiner editorial the terrible ordeal that an individual subjected to red flag laws, and people who live with that individual, can be forced to undergo. The ordeal starts with a judge deciding to order that an individual immediately cannot legally possess any guns, based entirely on arguments presented by those seeking to deprive the individual of his guns. This imposes immediate risks and costs on the individual, as well as people who live with him. They can be subject to punishment and must quickly arrange the moving of their guns elsewhere. Next up, the individual can argue in a hearing and, if unsuccessful at the hearing, in an appeal that his ability to legally possess guns should be restored. This, explains Kilmer can cost tens of thousands of dollars. All the while, the individual is denied his ability to legally possess guns.

And the prospects of success at a hearing may not be so great. Writes Kilmer:
To win these hearings, you have to refute an allegation that you pose a danger to yourself or others where a judge already issued a temporary ex parte order that concluded you were already a danger. Many judges will likely err on the side of caution, and against your rights.
 To boot, suggests Kilmer, California’s red flag laws would not have prevented any recent mass shootings.

Read Kilmer’s editorial here.]]>
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Neocons See Hong Kong as China’s ‘Soft Underbelly’ – Daniel McAdams RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/august/13/neocons-see-hong-kong-as-china-s-soft-underbelly-daniel-mcadams/
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ISIS Comeback in Syria and Iraq? McAdams on RT America RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/august/08/isis-comeback-in-syria-and-iraq-mcadams-on-rt-america/
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President Trump’s Response to Shootings Includes an Internet Crackdown Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/august/05/president-trump-s-response-to-shootings-includes-an-internet-crackdown/

After any mass shooting, you can expect many politicians to jump in front of reporters and voters to herald support for cracking down on the ability of people to obtain, keep, and carry guns. President Donald Trump fits that mold, expressing his continuing support for imposing red flag laws to deprive people of their guns in his Monday statement in response to killings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. He further trumpeted in the statement gun restriction actions he has taken as president, including directing the Department of Justice to ban bump stocks and approving legislation strengthening gun purchase background checks. Trump also noted the United States government last year prosecuted a record number of firearms offenses.

But, Trump’s policy response in his statement went far beyond praising his past and ongoing gun control efforts. He also presented a list of other objectives including quick capital punishment for people found guilty of hate crimes and mass murder and more involuntary confinement of mentally disturbed people. He proposed cracking down on the internet as well.

Regarding the internet, Trump stated:
We must recognize that the Internet has provided a dangerous avenue to radicalize disturbed minds and perform demented acts.  We must shine light on the dark recesses of the Internet, and stop mass murders before they start.  The Internet, likewise, is used for human trafficking, illegal drug distribution, and so many other heinous crimes.  The perils of the Internet and social media cannot be ignored, and they will not be ignored.
This comment from Trump is not surprising, coming a couple weeks after United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin promoted a crackdown on cryptocurrencies because they, like the internet, can be used to help accomplish bad, or at least government disapproved, purposes. Make no mistake: When Trump says he wants to “shine light on the dark recesses of the Internet” he is calling for more surveillance of, restrictions on, and punishments for people’s internet activities.]]>
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Is This The End Of The Fed? Surviving The Coming Crisis - With Guest Jeff Harris Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/august/01/is-this-the-end-of-the-fed-surviving-the-coming-crisis-with-guest-jeff-harris/
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More Afghan Civilians Killed By US Than By Taliban! Will Trump Withdraw? Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/july/31/more-afghan-civilians-killed-by-us-than-by-taliban-will-trump-withdraw/
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Want to Travel? First Answer Some Questions from a Virtual Policeman Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/july/29/want-to-travel-first-answer-some-questions-from-a-virtual-policeman/

Yes, the harassment travelers in American airports are forced to undergo for security, or, as some people call it, “security theater,” can become worse. Travelers already arrive early to stand in long lines before having their carry-on baggage inspected and their bodies scanned by machines of questionable safety. In some cases, travelers are frisked. All this despite there being no reason to suspect the particular travelers have committed or will commit a crime. “It’s all for your safety,” a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee may say if asked why the mass harassment occurs day in and day out.

Yet, there can always be more harassment added to the mix. Don’t be surprised if travelers in America one day are required to answer questions presented by a computer avatar before they can take a flight, or maybe a bus or train ride. Suppose the connected computer program determines some of your answers are not truthful, then no travel for you or, at least, no travel without you being subjected to additional scrutiny. That is the nature of a program now being tested in Europe.

Ryan Gallagher and Ludovica Jona write about the pilot program, and its highly questionable results, in a Friday The Intercept article. Their article begins with the following:
They call it the Silent Talker. It is a virtual policeman designed to strengthen Europe’s borders, subjecting travelers to a lie detector test before they are allowed to pass through customs.

Prior to your arrival at the airport, using your own computer, you log on to a website, upload an image of your passport, and are greeted by an avatar of a brown-haired man wearing a navy blue uniform.

'What is your surname?' he asks. 'What is your citizenship and the purpose of your trip?' You provide your answers verbally to those and other questions, and the virtual policeman uses your webcam to scan your face and eye movements for signs of lying.

At the end of the interview, the system provides you with a QR code that you have to show to a guard when you arrive at the border. The guard scans the code using a hand-held tablet device, takes your fingerprints, and reviews the facial image captured by the avatar to check if it corresponds with your passport. The guard’s tablet displays a score out of 100, telling him whether the machine has judged you to be truthful or not.

A person judged to have tried to deceive the system is categorized as 'high risk' or 'medium risk,' dependent on the number of questions they are found to have falsely answered. Our reporter — the first journalist to test the system before crossing the Serbian-Hungarian border earlier this year — provided honest responses to all questions but was deemed to be a liar by the machine, with four false answers out of 16 and a score of 48. The Hungarian policeman who assessed our reporter’s lie detector results said the system suggested that she should be subject to further checks, though these were not carried out.

Travelers who are deemed dangerous can be denied entry, though in most cases they would never know if the avatar test had contributed to such a decision. The results of the test are not usually disclosed to the traveler; The Intercept obtained a copy of our reporter’s test only after filing a data access request under European privacy laws.
Continue reading Gallagher and Jona’s article here.

You may think the United States government would not be interested in using this type of technology-assisted harassment on travelers. But, in fact, it is right up the US government’s alley. Consider James Bovard’s 2018 article regarding TSA’s deployment of the Quiet Skies program that employed human surveillance to develop, based on “the flimsiest of pretexts,” assessments of danger posed by travelers.]]>
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Ron Paul Discusses President Trump’s Mixed Messages Regarding Iran Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/july/21/ron-paul-discusses-president-trump-s-mixed-messages-regarding-iran/ suggesting that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) — Ron Paul’s son and an advocate for improving United States relations with Iran — could help reduce tension with Iran by talking with the nation’s foreign minister.

Paul also discusses in the interview several other foreign policy matters, including the US government’s effort to overthrow the Venezuela government, the ending of the US dollar’s status as the world reserve currency, and Paul’s support for ending US involvement in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Watch Ron Paul’s interview here:

Get your tickets to the Ron Paul Institute's Washington Annual Conference on August 24th. Tickets and info here.

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Lew Rockwell Q and A: Optimism, Murray Rothbard, and the Mises Institute Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2019/july/21/lew-rockwell-q-and-a-optimism-murray-rothbard-and-the-mises-institute/

Before a packed house at the Ludwig von Mises Institute’s Mises University on Thursday, Mises Institute founder Lew Rockwell addressed an array of topics. On stage, Mark Thornton presented Rockwell with questions provided by attendees. Among the matters discussed during the Q and A, Rockwell explains why he believes there is reason for optimism in both the long term and the short term, discusses his time with the late influential libertarian writer Murray Rothbard who Rockwell says he still misses every day, and recounts some of the story of the early years of the Mises Institute.

Listen to Rockwell’s Q and A here.

Rockwell is an Advisory Board member for the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. Come see Lew Rockwell speak at the Ron Paul Institute's August 24th conference in Washington DC! Info and tickets here.]]>
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Vince Vaughn Discusses Libertarianism and Ron Paul Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/august/21/vince-vaughn-discusses-libertarianism-and-ron-paul/

When Vince Vaughn is not acting in or producing a movie, there is a good chance he is reading about, or otherwise giving some thought to, political ideas. Interviewed recently by host Tom Woods at the Tom Woods Show, Vaughn described his political views as tending toward constitutionalism and libertarianism and recounted that he learned about and ultimately met libertarian communicator and former United States House of Representatives member and presidential candidate Ron Paul due to looking into the Federal Reserve. Abolishing the Federal Reserve has long been a major part of Paul’s agenda.

Paul, says Vaughn in the interview, “is really the only candidate I think I’ve ever endorsed, probably because I was most really in agreeance with him on stuff.” Vaughn, though, indicates in the interview that he is not interested in following Paul’s course of running for political office. Vaughn says that he has “always been very interested in history and politics” but never wanted “to throw my hat in the ring.”

Listen to the complete interview, in which Vaughn also talks about his film career, here.]]>
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Red Flag Laws Are Far from Harmless Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/august/19/red-flag-laws-are-far-from-harmless/

When President Donald Trump presented on August 5 a collection of proposals for government actions to counter mass shootings, advancing red flag laws was part of the package. Briefly describing such laws that operate in several states, Trump said, “we must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms, and that, if they do, those firearms can be taken through rapid due process.” That description — taking guns only from people who “pose a grave risk to public safety” and only after a judgment has been made in accordance with due process — would make red flag laws sound to many people like a rather harmless means to protect the public from extreme harm. However, the truth is very different.

Donald Kilmer, a lawyer who has worked on cases where people were targeted with California red flag laws, described in a Saturday Washington Examiner editorial the terrible ordeal that an individual subjected to red flag laws, and people who live with that individual, can be forced to undergo. The ordeal starts with a judge deciding to order that an individual immediately cannot legally possess any guns, based entirely on arguments presented by those seeking to deprive the individual of his guns. This imposes immediate risks and costs on the individual, as well as people who live with him. They can be subject to punishment and must quickly arrange the moving of their guns elsewhere. Next up, the individual can argue in a hearing and, if unsuccessful at the hearing, in an appeal that his ability to legally possess guns should be restored. This, explains Kilmer can cost tens of thousands of dollars. All the while, the individual is denied his ability to legally possess guns.

And the prospects of success at a hearing may not be so great. Writes Kilmer:
To win these hearings, you have to refute an allegation that you pose a danger to yourself or others where a judge already issued a temporary ex parte order that concluded you were already a danger. Many judges will likely err on the side of caution, and against your rights.
 To boot, suggests Kilmer, California’s red flag laws would not have prevented any recent mass shootings.

Read Kilmer’s editorial here.]]>
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Neocons See Hong Kong as China’s ‘Soft Underbelly’ – Daniel McAdams RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/august/13/neocons-see-hong-kong-as-china-s-soft-underbelly-daniel-mcadams/
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ISIS Comeback in Syria and Iraq? McAdams on RT America RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/august/08/isis-comeback-in-syria-and-iraq-mcadams-on-rt-america/
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President Trump’s Response to Shootings Includes an Internet Crackdown Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/august/05/president-trump-s-response-to-shootings-includes-an-internet-crackdown/

After any mass shooting, you can expect many politicians to jump in front of reporters and voters to herald support for cracking down on the ability of people to obtain, keep, and carry guns. President Donald Trump fits that mold, expressing his continuing support for imposing red flag laws to deprive people of their guns in his Monday statement in response to killings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. He further trumpeted in the statement gun restriction actions he has taken as president, including directing the Department of Justice to ban bump stocks and approving legislation strengthening gun purchase background checks. Trump also noted the United States government last year prosecuted a record number of firearms offenses.

But, Trump’s policy response in his statement went far beyond praising his past and ongoing gun control efforts. He also presented a list of other objectives including quick capital punishment for people found guilty of hate crimes and mass murder and more involuntary confinement of mentally disturbed people. He proposed cracking down on the internet as well.

Regarding the internet, Trump stated:
We must recognize that the Internet has provided a dangerous avenue to radicalize disturbed minds and perform demented acts.  We must shine light on the dark recesses of the Internet, and stop mass murders before they start.  The Internet, likewise, is used for human trafficking, illegal drug distribution, and so many other heinous crimes.  The perils of the Internet and social media cannot be ignored, and they will not be ignored.
This comment from Trump is not surprising, coming a couple weeks after United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin promoted a crackdown on cryptocurrencies because they, like the internet, can be used to help accomplish bad, or at least government disapproved, purposes. Make no mistake: When Trump says he wants to “shine light on the dark recesses of the Internet” he is calling for more surveillance of, restrictions on, and punishments for people’s internet activities.]]>
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Is This The End Of The Fed? Surviving The Coming Crisis - With Guest Jeff Harris Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/august/01/is-this-the-end-of-the-fed-surviving-the-coming-crisis-with-guest-jeff-harris/
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More Afghan Civilians Killed By US Than By Taliban! Will Trump Withdraw? Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/july/31/more-afghan-civilians-killed-by-us-than-by-taliban-will-trump-withdraw/
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Want to Travel? First Answer Some Questions from a Virtual Policeman Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/july/29/want-to-travel-first-answer-some-questions-from-a-virtual-policeman/

Yes, the harassment travelers in American airports are forced to undergo for security, or, as some people call it, “security theater,” can become worse. Travelers already arrive early to stand in long lines before having their carry-on baggage inspected and their bodies scanned by machines of questionable safety. In some cases, travelers are frisked. All this despite there being no reason to suspect the particular travelers have committed or will commit a crime. “It’s all for your safety,” a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee may say if asked why the mass harassment occurs day in and day out.

Yet, there can always be more harassment added to the mix. Don’t be surprised if travelers in America one day are required to answer questions presented by a computer avatar before they can take a flight, or maybe a bus or train ride. Suppose the connected computer program determines some of your answers are not truthful, then no travel for you or, at least, no travel without you being subjected to additional scrutiny. That is the nature of a program now being tested in Europe.

Ryan Gallagher and Ludovica Jona write about the pilot program, and its highly questionable results, in a Friday The Intercept article. Their article begins with the following:
They call it the Silent Talker. It is a virtual policeman designed to strengthen Europe’s borders, subjecting travelers to a lie detector test before they are allowed to pass through customs.

Prior to your arrival at the airport, using your own computer, you log on to a website, upload an image of your passport, and are greeted by an avatar of a brown-haired man wearing a navy blue uniform.

'What is your surname?' he asks. 'What is your citizenship and the purpose of your trip?' You provide your answers verbally to those and other questions, and the virtual policeman uses your webcam to scan your face and eye movements for signs of lying.

At the end of the interview, the system provides you with a QR code that you have to show to a guard when you arrive at the border. The guard scans the code using a hand-held tablet device, takes your fingerprints, and reviews the facial image captured by the avatar to check if it corresponds with your passport. The guard’s tablet displays a score out of 100, telling him whether the machine has judged you to be truthful or not.

A person judged to have tried to deceive the system is categorized as 'high risk' or 'medium risk,' dependent on the number of questions they are found to have falsely answered. Our reporter — the first journalist to test the system before crossing the Serbian-Hungarian border earlier this year — provided honest responses to all questions but was deemed to be a liar by the machine, with four false answers out of 16 and a score of 48. The Hungarian policeman who assessed our reporter’s lie detector results said the system suggested that she should be subject to further checks, though these were not carried out.

Travelers who are deemed dangerous can be denied entry, though in most cases they would never know if the avatar test had contributed to such a decision. The results of the test are not usually disclosed to the traveler; The Intercept obtained a copy of our reporter’s test only after filing a data access request under European privacy laws.
Continue reading Gallagher and Jona’s article here.

You may think the United States government would not be interested in using this type of technology-assisted harassment on travelers. But, in fact, it is right up the US government’s alley. Consider James Bovard’s 2018 article regarding TSA’s deployment of the Quiet Skies program that employed human surveillance to develop, based on “the flimsiest of pretexts,” assessments of danger posed by travelers.]]>
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Ron Paul Discusses President Trump’s Mixed Messages Regarding Iran Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/july/21/ron-paul-discusses-president-trump-s-mixed-messages-regarding-iran/ suggesting that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) — Ron Paul’s son and an advocate for improving United States relations with Iran — could help reduce tension with Iran by talking with the nation’s foreign minister.

Paul also discusses in the interview several other foreign policy matters, including the US government’s effort to overthrow the Venezuela government, the ending of the US dollar’s status as the world reserve currency, and Paul’s support for ending US involvement in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Watch Ron Paul’s interview here:

Get your tickets to the Ron Paul Institute's Washington Annual Conference on August 24th. Tickets and info here.

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Lew Rockwell Q and A: Optimism, Murray Rothbard, and the Mises Institute Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/july/21/lew-rockwell-q-and-a-optimism-murray-rothbard-and-the-mises-institute/

Before a packed house at the Ludwig von Mises Institute’s Mises University on Thursday, Mises Institute founder Lew Rockwell addressed an array of topics. On stage, Mark Thornton presented Rockwell with questions provided by attendees. Among the matters discussed during the Q and A, Rockwell explains why he believes there is reason for optimism in both the long term and the short term, discusses his time with the late influential libertarian writer Murray Rothbard who Rockwell says he still misses every day, and recounts some of the story of the early years of the Mises Institute.

Listen to Rockwell’s Q and A here.

Rockwell is an Advisory Board member for the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. Come see Lew Rockwell speak at the Ron Paul Institute's August 24th conference in Washington DC! Info and tickets here.]]>
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Vince Vaughn Discusses Libertarianism and Ron Paul Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/august/21/vince-vaughn-discusses-libertarianism-and-ron-paul/

When Vince Vaughn is not acting in or producing a movie, there is a good chance he is reading about, or otherwise giving some thought to, political ideas. Interviewed recently by host Tom Woods at the Tom Woods Show, Vaughn described his political views as tending toward constitutionalism and libertarianism and recounted that he learned about and ultimately met libertarian communicator and former United States House of Representatives member and presidential candidate Ron Paul due to looking into the Federal Reserve. Abolishing the Federal Reserve has long been a major part of Paul’s agenda.

Paul, says Vaughn in the interview, “is really the only candidate I think I’ve ever endorsed, probably because I was most really in agreeance with him on stuff.” Vaughn, though, indicates in the interview that he is not interested in following Paul’s course of running for political office. Vaughn says that he has “always been very interested in history and politics” but never wanted “to throw my hat in the ring.”

Listen to the complete interview, in which Vaughn also talks about his film career, here.]]>
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Red Flag Laws Are Far from Harmless Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/august/19/red-flag-laws-are-far-from-harmless/

When President Donald Trump presented on August 5 a collection of proposals for government actions to counter mass shootings, advancing red flag laws was part of the package. Briefly describing such laws that operate in several states, Trump said, “we must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms, and that, if they do, those firearms can be taken through rapid due process.” That description — taking guns only from people who “pose a grave risk to public safety” and only after a judgment has been made in accordance with due process — would make red flag laws sound to many people like a rather harmless means to protect the public from extreme harm. However, the truth is very different.

Donald Kilmer, a lawyer who has worked on cases where people were targeted with California red flag laws, described in a Saturday Washington Examiner editorial the terrible ordeal that an individual subjected to red flag laws, and people who live with that individual, can be forced to undergo. The ordeal starts with a judge deciding to order that an individual immediately cannot legally possess any guns, based entirely on arguments presented by those seeking to deprive the individual of his guns. This imposes immediate risks and costs on the individual, as well as people who live with him. They can be subject to punishment and must quickly arrange the moving of their guns elsewhere. Next up, the individual can argue in a hearing and, if unsuccessful at the hearing, in an appeal that his ability to legally possess guns should be restored. This, explains Kilmer can cost tens of thousands of dollars. All the while, the individual is denied his ability to legally possess guns.

And the prospects of success at a hearing may not be so great. Writes Kilmer:
To win these hearings, you have to refute an allegation that you pose a danger to yourself or others where a judge already issued a temporary ex parte order that concluded you were already a danger. Many judges will likely err on the side of caution, and against your rights.
 To boot, suggests Kilmer, California’s red flag laws would not have prevented any recent mass shootings.

Read Kilmer’s editorial here.]]>
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Neocons See Hong Kong as China’s ‘Soft Underbelly’ – Daniel McAdams RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/august/13/neocons-see-hong-kong-as-china-s-soft-underbelly-daniel-mcadams/
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ISIS Comeback in Syria and Iraq? McAdams on RT America RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/august/08/isis-comeback-in-syria-and-iraq-mcadams-on-rt-america/
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President Trump’s Response to Shootings Includes an Internet Crackdown Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/august/05/president-trump-s-response-to-shootings-includes-an-internet-crackdown/

After any mass shooting, you can expect many politicians to jump in front of reporters and voters to herald support for cracking down on the ability of people to obtain, keep, and carry guns. President Donald Trump fits that mold, expressing his continuing support for imposing red flag laws to deprive people of their guns in his Monday statement in response to killings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. He further trumpeted in the statement gun restriction actions he has taken as president, including directing the Department of Justice to ban bump stocks and approving legislation strengthening gun purchase background checks. Trump also noted the United States government last year prosecuted a record number of firearms offenses.

But, Trump’s policy response in his statement went far beyond praising his past and ongoing gun control efforts. He also presented a list of other objectives including quick capital punishment for people found guilty of hate crimes and mass murder and more involuntary confinement of mentally disturbed people. He proposed cracking down on the internet as well.

Regarding the internet, Trump stated:
We must recognize that the Internet has provided a dangerous avenue to radicalize disturbed minds and perform demented acts.  We must shine light on the dark recesses of the Internet, and stop mass murders before they start.  The Internet, likewise, is used for human trafficking, illegal drug distribution, and so many other heinous crimes.  The perils of the Internet and social media cannot be ignored, and they will not be ignored.
This comment from Trump is not surprising, coming a couple weeks after United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin promoted a crackdown on cryptocurrencies because they, like the internet, can be used to help accomplish bad, or at least government disapproved, purposes. Make no mistake: When Trump says he wants to “shine light on the dark recesses of the Internet” he is calling for more surveillance of, restrictions on, and punishments for people’s internet activities.]]>
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Is This The End Of The Fed? Surviving The Coming Crisis - With Guest Jeff Harris Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/august/01/is-this-the-end-of-the-fed-surviving-the-coming-crisis-with-guest-jeff-harris/
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More Afghan Civilians Killed By US Than By Taliban! Will Trump Withdraw? Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/july/31/more-afghan-civilians-killed-by-us-than-by-taliban-will-trump-withdraw/
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Want to Travel? First Answer Some Questions from a Virtual Policeman Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/july/29/want-to-travel-first-answer-some-questions-from-a-virtual-policeman/

Yes, the harassment travelers in American airports are forced to undergo for security, or, as some people call it, “security theater,” can become worse. Travelers already arrive early to stand in long lines before having their carry-on baggage inspected and their bodies scanned by machines of questionable safety. In some cases, travelers are frisked. All this despite there being no reason to suspect the particular travelers have committed or will commit a crime. “It’s all for your safety,” a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee may say if asked why the mass harassment occurs day in and day out.

Yet, there can always be more harassment added to the mix. Don’t be surprised if travelers in America one day are required to answer questions presented by a computer avatar before they can take a flight, or maybe a bus or train ride. Suppose the connected computer program determines some of your answers are not truthful, then no travel for you or, at least, no travel without you being subjected to additional scrutiny. That is the nature of a program now being tested in Europe.

Ryan Gallagher and Ludovica Jona write about the pilot program, and its highly questionable results, in a Friday The Intercept article. Their article begins with the following:
They call it the Silent Talker. It is a virtual policeman designed to strengthen Europe’s borders, subjecting travelers to a lie detector test before they are allowed to pass through customs.

Prior to your arrival at the airport, using your own computer, you log on to a website, upload an image of your passport, and are greeted by an avatar of a brown-haired man wearing a navy blue uniform.

'What is your surname?' he asks. 'What is your citizenship and the purpose of your trip?' You provide your answers verbally to those and other questions, and the virtual policeman uses your webcam to scan your face and eye movements for signs of lying.

At the end of the interview, the system provides you with a QR code that you have to show to a guard when you arrive at the border. The guard scans the code using a hand-held tablet device, takes your fingerprints, and reviews the facial image captured by the avatar to check if it corresponds with your passport. The guard’s tablet displays a score out of 100, telling him whether the machine has judged you to be truthful or not.

A person judged to have tried to deceive the system is categorized as 'high risk' or 'medium risk,' dependent on the number of questions they are found to have falsely answered. Our reporter — the first journalist to test the system before crossing the Serbian-Hungarian border earlier this year — provided honest responses to all questions but was deemed to be a liar by the machine, with four false answers out of 16 and a score of 48. The Hungarian policeman who assessed our reporter’s lie detector results said the system suggested that she should be subject to further checks, though these were not carried out.

Travelers who are deemed dangerous can be denied entry, though in most cases they would never know if the avatar test had contributed to such a decision. The results of the test are not usually disclosed to the traveler; The Intercept obtained a copy of our reporter’s test only after filing a data access request under European privacy laws.
Continue reading Gallagher and Jona’s article here.

You may think the United States government would not be interested in using this type of technology-assisted harassment on travelers. But, in fact, it is right up the US government’s alley. Consider James Bovard’s 2018 article regarding TSA’s deployment of the Quiet Skies program that employed human surveillance to develop, based on “the flimsiest of pretexts,” assessments of danger posed by travelers.]]>
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Ron Paul Discusses President Trump’s Mixed Messages Regarding Iran Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/july/21/ron-paul-discusses-president-trump-s-mixed-messages-regarding-iran/ suggesting that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) — Ron Paul’s son and an advocate for improving United States relations with Iran — could help reduce tension with Iran by talking with the nation’s foreign minister.

Paul also discusses in the interview several other foreign policy matters, including the US government’s effort to overthrow the Venezuela government, the ending of the US dollar’s status as the world reserve currency, and Paul’s support for ending US involvement in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Watch Ron Paul’s interview here:

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Lew Rockwell Q and A: Optimism, Murray Rothbard, and the Mises Institute Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2019/july/21/lew-rockwell-q-and-a-optimism-murray-rothbard-and-the-mises-institute/

Before a packed house at the Ludwig von Mises Institute’s Mises University on Thursday, Mises Institute founder Lew Rockwell addressed an array of topics. On stage, Mark Thornton presented Rockwell with questions provided by attendees. Among the matters discussed during the Q and A, Rockwell explains why he believes there is reason for optimism in both the long term and the short term, discusses his time with the late influential libertarian writer Murray Rothbard who Rockwell says he still misses every day, and recounts some of the story of the early years of the Mises Institute.

Listen to Rockwell’s Q and A here.

Rockwell is an Advisory Board member for the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. Come see Lew Rockwell speak at the Ron Paul Institute's August 24th conference in Washington DC! Info and tickets here.]]>
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