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Welcome to Post-Constitution America: The Weapons of War Come Home

Welcome to Post-Constitution America: The Weapons of War Come Home

On July 30, 1778, the Continental Congress created the first whistleblower protection law, stating “that it is the duty of all persons in the service of the United States to give the earliest information to Congress or other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds, or misdemeanors committed by any officers or persons in the service of these states.”Two hundred thirty-five years later, on July 30, 2013, Bradley Manning was found guilty on 20 of the 22 charges for which he was prosecuted,...

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The Ron Paul Channel Will Launch August 12th

The Ron Paul Channel Will Launch August 12th

Exciting news posted by Lew Rockwell:August 7, 2013 (Clute, Texas) – Today, former-Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul announced the Ron Paul Channel (www.RonPaulChannel.com) would launch the week of August 12, 2013, and new details about the Channel. Known for refusing to play by the establishment’s rules, Dr. Paul will air all original programming several times a week. Since announcing the Ron Paul Channel’s creation solely on Facebook and Twitter, more than 200,000 people have...

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How Dare The Iranians Elect a Moderate?

How Dare The Iranians Elect a Moderate?

Last week the US House voted 400-20 to dramatically increase sanctions on Iran, including measures to cripple Iran’s oil exports. Two days ago three-fourths of the US Senate sent a letter to President Obama demanding that the US “toughen sanctions and reinforce the credibility of our option to use military force” against Iran. Ominously, the Senate warned the president that the “time for diplomacy is nearing its end,” demanding a “convincing threat of the use of force that Iran will believe.”...

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Welcome to Post-Constitution America: The Weapons of War Come Home

Are Police in America Now a Military, Occupying Force?

Despite the steady hue and cry by government agencies about the need for more police, more sophisticated weaponry, and the difficulties of preserving the peace and maintaining security in our modern age, the reality is far different. Indeed, violent crime in America has been on a steady decline, and if current trends continue, Americans will finish the year 2013 experiencing the lowest murder rate in over a century. Despite this clear referendum on the fact that communities would be better...

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Welcome to Post-Constitution America: The Weapons of War Come Home

President José Mujica Versus the United Nations

Uruguay's President José Mujica is standing up to United Nations bureaucrats at the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) who are chastising Uruguay for advancing legislation that will allow the legal growth, sale, and purchase of marijuana for medical and recreational purposes. Mujica plans to defend his nation's marijuana law reform in a speech before the UN General Assembly in September. For a preview, read here excerpts from Mujica's Thursday radio address to Uruguayans after the...

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Welcome to Post-Constitution America: The Weapons of War Come Home

Why Won’t They Tell Us the Truth About NSA Spying?

In 2001, the Patriot Act opened the door to US government monitoring of Americans without a warrant. It was unconstitutional, but most in Congress over my strong objection were so determined to do something after the attacks of 9/11 that they did not seem to give it too much thought. Civil liberties groups were concerned, and some of us in Congress warned about giving up our liberties even in the post-9/11 panic. But at the time most Americans did not seem too worried about the intrusion. This...

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Twisted Arms and Talking Points: Behind the Iran Sanctions Bill Debate

Twisted Arms and Talking Points: Behind the Iran Sanctions Bill Debate

On Wednesday, the House debated and passed overwhelmingly HR 850, the Iran Nuclear Prevention Act of 2013. As we wrote on the eve of the vote, these new sanctions are timed to disrupt the inauguration of Iran’s new president, a moderate, and to severely restrict Iranian oil exports. Those who have gone along with increasingly restrictive limitations on oil exports to this point, for example Japan and China, may well find this a bridge too far. The message from the US Congress to Iran is clear:...

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Neocon Jonathan Tobin Examines Our DNA

The current political chaos in Egypt provides a picture perfect example of how convoluted is U.S. foreign policy. Egypt shows how U.S. interventionism in the affairs of foreign nations leads to nothing but trouble, and backs the U.S. into a corner where no matter what it does (besides letting Egypt take care of its own business) will only make the situation worse. Read below as neocon Jonathan Tobin talks out of both sides of his mouth: While encouraging democracy is embedded in America’s...

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Welcome to Post-Constitution America: The Weapons of War Come Home

McCain Declares War on Russia

Fresh off of his flip-flop on aid to Egypt and his threats to vote for the left (neocon) interventionists in the Democratic Party should anyone remotely non-interventionist succeed in gaining the Republican nomination to be the next president, Senator John McCain is determined to light a new fire under the long dead ashes of the Cold War. However, he no doubt chokes on the smoke of irony as he fumbles with his matches. What has set McCain’s neoconservative nerve on edge is the finalization...

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Welcome to Post-Constitution America: The Weapons of War Come Home

Rouhani’s Inauguration and the West’s Strategic Suicide

As Hassan Rouhani approaches his inauguration this weekend, there is self-referential optimism in Western policy circles about what his accession might portend.  A substantial quorum in these circles sees Rouhani as perhaps someone with whom the West—to recall Margaret Thatcher’s 1984 assessment of rising Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev—“can do business.” The traits these observers cite to justify their optimism—Rouhani’s deep knowledge of the nuclear file, his history of seeking creative...

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Welcome to Post-Constitution America: The Weapons of War Come Home

Time to Abolish the DHS?

photo: Steve RhodesTo the glee of her critics, Janet Napolitano, the longest-serving secretary at the Department of Homeland Security in its decade-long existence, has announced her resignation. No longer will Republicans have old Janet to kick around. As for the civil libertarians and frustrated national security state watchers, she was a reliable foot solider and bureaucrat and her departure is welcome for as much as it will make a difference, which is likely not much.That’s...

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Jennifer Rubin’s Panic Attack

The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald has a piece out this week that covers the big shift taking place in major public opinion against NSA surveillance. For the first time since 9/11, Americans are starting to get concerned about what has been going on under the radar. This is a tough pill for neocons to swallow. Demagoguery and keeping public opinion in line are always at the top of their “to do” list. If the public gets squeamish, it could turn out to be the first domino to fall in the direction of...

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Congress to Tighten Screws on Iran Tomorrow

photo: MudflapDCAs we wrote several days ago, the House will vote on a new Iran sanctions bill this week, possibly as early as tomorrow. With nearly 400 co-sponsors of the bill, known as HR 850 -- the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act, the debate is likely to be rather one-sided and in fact a recorded roll call vote is unlikely. It is considered too non-controversial to warrant a recorded vote.The bill has undergone some further revisions in the past days, primarily to add more aggressive and...

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House to Hit Iran With New Sanctions Bill This Week

House to Hit Iran With New Sanctions Bill This Week

photo: World Can't WaitThe House Leadership has announced that it will bring a new Iran sanctions bill to the Floor for a vote this week. The bill, HR 850 - Nuclear Iran Prevention Act, will be brought up on the "suspension" calendar this coming week. Traditionally, bills are brought to the floor under suspension of the rules because they are considered "non-controversial" and therefore the higher, 2/3 affirmative vote threshold for passage is not considered an impediment. This is generally...

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Welcome to Post-Constitution America: The Weapons of War Come Home

The American Surveillance State Is Here. Can It Be Evaded?

photo: TheeErin “If, as it seems, we are in the process of becoming a totalitarian society in which the state apparatus is all-powerful, the ethics most important for the survival of the true, free, human individual would be: cheat, lie, evade, fake it, be elsewhere, forge documents, build improved electronic gadgets in your garage that’ll outwit the gadgets used by the authorities.” – Philip K. Dick, author of Minority Report On any given day, the average American going about his daily...

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Welcome to Post-Constitution America: The Weapons of War Come Home

Japan Must Face Up To China

photo: guccio@文房具社World War II has never really ended for Japan. Sixty-eight years after the battleship US “Missouri” sailed into Tokyo Bay to receive the surrender of the Japanese Empire, Japan still behaves like a meek, defeated nation rather than one of the world’s great powers – and great peoples.Economically, Japan is a giant, albeit a staggering one. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party just secured full control of both houses of Japan’s parliament. Abe’s “three-arrow”...

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