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Why Libertarians Should Shrug-Off Memo Mania

Why Libertarians Should Shrug-Off Memo Mania

First came the Republican memo, courtesy of the Republican House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes. Their memo detailed the surveillance abuses against one Carter Page, enabled by a kangaroo court which was strengthened immeasurably by the old Republican-Party boss, George Bush.Bush II had fortified the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), and the Stupid Party greased the skids for the expansion of FISA infractions. Following Barack Obama's lead, Republicans have...

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We Should Listen to the Iraqi Parliament

We Should Listen to the Iraqi Parliament

This month marks the 15th anniversary of the US war on Iraq. The “shock and awe” attack was launched based on “stove-piped” intelligence fed from the CIA and Pentagon through an uncritical and compliant US mainstream media. The US media was a willing accomplice to this crime of aggression committed by the George W. Bush Administration.Despite the lies we were constantly bombarded with, Iraq never presented a threat to the United States. Iraq never had the weapons of mass destruction that the...

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Putin Trumps Trump

Putin Trumps Trump

In December, 2002, President George W. Bush proclaimed that the US would unilaterally pull out of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty that had curtailed the development of nuclear missiles and anti-missile systems to defeat them.The arrogant, dim-witted Bush believed that US space technology was advancing so rapidly that it would neutralize Russia’s force of ICBM missiles. Bush was just a puppet. The real power behind him was Vice President Dick Cheney, the leading neocon who sneered at...

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Reps. Barbara Lee and Justin Amash Lay Out a Case for Terminating the 2001 AUMF

Reps. Barbara Lee and Justin Amash Lay Out a Case for Terminating the 2001 AUMF

In the days following the 9/11 attacks, Congress passed into law a 60-word sentence that set the stage for perpetual war. This 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) contains no time limits, no geographic constraints, and no exit strategy. It has effectively become a blank check for any president, at any time, to wage war without congressional consent or oversight.According to the Congressional Research Service, the 2001 AUMF has been cited as statutory authority for unclassified...

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My First Day as CIA Director

My First Day as CIA Director

Now that I have been nominated again – this time by author Paul Craig Roberts – to be CIA director, I am preparing to hit the ground running.Last time my name was offered in nomination for the position – by The Nation publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel – I did not hold my breath waiting for a call from the White House. Her nomination came in the afterglow of my fortuitous, four-minute debate with then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, when I confronted him on his lies about the attack on Iraq,...

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Hollywood Hoopla Ignores Media’s History of Servility

Hollywood Hoopla Ignores Media’s History of Servility

Much of the media nowadays is portraying itself as heroes of the #Resist Trump movement. To exploit that meme, Hollywood producer Steven Spielberg rushed out “The Post,” a movie depicting an epic press battle with the Nixon administration. But regardless of whether Spielberg’s latest wins the Academy Award for best picture on Sunday night, Americans should never forget the media’s long history of pandering to presidents and the Pentagon.“The Post” is built around thePentagon Papers, a secret...

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America’s Illegal Sojourn in Syria

America’s Illegal Sojourn in Syria

It should come as no surprise to anyone that the Donald Trump administration has recently affirmed that it has a perfect legal right to remain in Syria as long as it wishes because it is fighting terrorism. The argument goes something like this: Congress has approved a bill that permits the US military to seek out and destroy al-Qaeda and associated groups wherever they may be. It is part of what is referred to as the Authorization to Use Military Force or AUMF. According to the White House,...

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25 Years Ago: Feds Attack at Waco in Name of Gun Control

25 Years Ago: Feds Attack at Waco in Name of Gun Control

Twenty-five years ago today, federal agents launched a military style attack on peaceful Texas residents who were suspected of having modified firearms. At a time when much of the media is in a frenzy in favor of gun control, the ATF raid on the Branch Davidians is a reminder of how armed bureaucrats will convert a right to regulate into a license to kill. ATF agents never rehearsed how to conduct a legal, non-violent search of the Davidians’ residence. Instead, it was “Showtime” – the code...

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Endgame Russia: NATO Sprawl Invades Eastern Europe, No More Illusions

Endgame Russia: NATO Sprawl Invades Eastern Europe, No More Illusions

In the past, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) justified its militarization of large swaths of Eastern Europe by pointing to the omnipresent threat of terrorism, or some 'rogue' foreign state, inherently understood to be Iran. Today the mask has slipped and it is no longer denied that NATO's primary target is Russia.But first, a trip down nightmare lane. The road to ruin - at least as far as US-Russia relations were concerned - began immediately following the 9/11 terror attacks....

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Meaningless Words Alert: Neoconservatives are Now ‘Classical Liberals

Meaningless Words Alert: Neoconservatives are Now ‘Classical Liberals

Mona Charen The term "classical liberal" always has been a misnomer, in that it presupposes an earlier or undiluted form of liberalism that must be distinguished semantically and temporally. and But the great historian Ralph Raico disabused us of this empty distinction in his great book Classical Liberalism and the Austrian School: There was no ‘classical’ liberalism, only a single liberalism, based on private property and the free market, that developed organically, from first to last....

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Breaking: Congressional Progressive Caucus, Liberty Caucus to Meet on War Authorization

Breaking: Congressional Progressive Caucus, Liberty Caucus to Meet on War Authorization

In a very encouraging sign, the US House Progressive Caucus and Liberty Caucus will hold a joint meeting today (Feb. 27th) at 2:30 Eastern time to discuss strategies to repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Force (AUMF) against forces that attacked the US on Sept. 11, 2001. According to an email sent out by the office of US Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), the "overly broad and outdated AUMF represents a critical deterioration of congressional oversight of military operations."Rep. Justin Amash...

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Armed and Dangerous: If Police Don’t Have to Protect the Public, What Good Are They?

Armed and Dangerous: If Police Don’t Have to Protect the Public, What Good Are They?

In the American police state, police have a tendency to shoot first and ask questions later.In fact, police don’t usually need much incentive to shoot and kill members of the public.Police have shot and killed Americans of all ages—many of them unarmed—for standing a certain way, or moving a certain way, or holding something—anything—that police could misinterpret to be a gun, or igniting some trigger-centric fear in a police officer’s mind that has nothing to do with an actual threat to their...

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Blundering Into Iran

Blundering Into Iran

The deluge of recent reporting regarding possible conflict with nuclear armed North Korea has somewhat obscured consideration of the much higher probability that Israel or even Saudi Arabia will take steps that will lead to a war with Iran that will inevitably draw the United States in. Israel is particularly inclined to move aggressively, with potentially serious consequences for the US, in the wake of the recent incident involving an alleged Iranian drone and the shooting down of an Israeli...

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Growing Risk of US-Iran Hostilities Based on False Pretexts, Intel Vets Warn

Growing Risk of US-Iran Hostilities Based on False Pretexts, Intel Vets Warn

As President Donald Trump prepares to host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu next week, a group of U.S. intelligence veterans offers corrections to a number of false accusations that have been levelled against Iran.February 26, 2018MEMORANDUM FOR: The PresidentFROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)SUBJECT: War With IranINTRODUCTIONIn our December 21st Memorandum to you, we cautioned that the claim that Iran is currently the world’s top sponsor of terrorism is...

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We Should Listen to the Iraqi Parliament

Is the (Tea) Party Over?

The recently-passed big-spending budget deal’s failure to generate significant opposition from the “tea party” has led some to pen obituaries for this once-powerful movement. These commentators may have a point. However, few of them understand the true causes of the tea party’s demise.The movement commonly referred to as the tea party arose in opposition to the 2008 bank bailouts. The tea party grew as its focus shifted to opposition to President Obama’s policies, particularly his stimulus...

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Syria’s Two East-Ghouta Campaigns: One For Liberation, The Other To Save Terrorists

Syria’s Two East-Ghouta Campaigns: One For Liberation, The Other To Save Terrorists

Daily mortar and missile attacks against the Syrian capital Damascus have been ongoing for years but intensified in recent months. The often quoted Syrian Observatory notes: ... raising to 116 persons at least including 18 children and 14 citizen women, who were killed as a result of the fall of these shells since the beginning of escalation on the capital Damascus and its suburbs on the 16th of November, and the SOHR documented the injury of more than 563 persons who were injured in these...

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Syria’s Drone Future

Over at the American Conservative, Phil Giraldi alerts us to the US administration's plans for the "day after" in Syria, if US assistance to the Syrian insurgents finds them...

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