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House Intel Committee’s Sham Hearing on Mass Spying

Today the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the United States House of Representatives is holding a hearing designed to cheer the US government's secret mass spying programs. The committee leadership's one-sided agenda is highlighted by the title of this morning's hearing—How Disclosed NSA Programs Protect Americans, and Why Disclosure Aids Our Adversaries—and the hearing's witness list, composed entirely of high-level managers and lawyers in government entities administering the...

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Bill Kristol’s Cato Crush

William Kristol is promoting at the Weekly Standard an article by "two of America’s leading libertarian legal thinkers, "no friends to intrusive government," to support Kristol's assertion that the National Security Agency mass secret spying program is a "legitimate use of government power to protect the nation from our enemies abroad." The defense of the NSA program by these two authors is of particular note because of the authors' affiliation with the Cato Institute that describes itself as...

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Ron Paul’s Policies: A Threat to America?

So says Senator Lindsey Graham. This week, asked about NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s apparent support for Ron Paul’s presidential campaign, the Senator magnanimously told Slate reporter David Weigel that he did not necessarily believe donating to Ron Paul’s campaign should disqualify someone from receiving a security clearance, as that is just “exercising [the] right to participate in the political process.” Besides, said Graham, “Ron Paul isn't a threat to America. His policies are.” The ideas...

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Potential US House Amendment Would Help Edward Snowden

Roll Call reports that Reps. Justin Amash and Thomas Massie are considering introducing an amendment in the United States House of Representatives as early as this week that would protect National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden from prosecution. Snowden may need such legislative help. Over at Fox Business, RPI Advisory Board Member Judge Andrew Napolitano calls Snowden a hero and explains why Snowden may face serious legal consequences.

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Bipartisan Agreement: Anti-TSA Amendment Disqualifies Rep. Broun from Winning Senate Race

United States Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia, who is running for US Senate, struck a nerve when he offered an amendment to eliminate funding for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) during consideration of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act in the House of Representatives last week. At Roll Call, this amendment is characterized as the latest example of Broun's "penchant for pushing amendments that are viewed as extreme, even by many in his own party." The article...

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Greenwald vs. Fleischer: Neo-Con Trounced

It is a rare treat to see such a contrast of views in one television news segment. It is the contrast that makes our point at RPI as well as it could be made. Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald debating former spokesman of former President George W. Bush Ari Fleischer on revelations that the US government has become a total surveillance state that past totalitarian regimes could have not even fathomed.Watch the video here.For any of us who, faced with the current administration's breathtaking...

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No Hemp Legalization Vote in US Senate

The United States Senate is preparing to end consideration of the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act (S. 954) without any vote on Sen. Ron Wyden's amendment that would eliminate the Controlled Substances Act prohibition on growing hemp. Ryan Grim at the Huffington Post presents a behind-the-scenes story of the lack of a vote on the amendment. Sen. Wyden made the following statement regarding the resolution of the amendment in this year's farm bill: "Ending the restrictions on industrial...

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US Government Spying: Constructing a 'Turnkey Totalitarian State'?

US Government Spying: Constructing a 'Turnkey Totalitarian State'?

photo: The U.S. Military Academy at West PointThe Washington Post reports that the ranking minority member of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence seems not too concerned about the United States government collecting information about our phone conversations: Sen. Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), the top Republican on the Intelligence Committee, said, “This is nothing particularly new.... Every member of the United States Senate has been advised of this.” He added: “It is simply what we call...

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Max Boot and Friends Excited by Rice and Power!

For the neo-con dominated foreign policy establishment, nothing succeeds like failure. RPI has recently covered the total collapse of Iraq. Then there’s the intervention in Libya, where even Neocon warhawk Max Boot must admit the sorry state of affairs, as he moans: “...not only is Libya at the mercy of various militias but it is so ungoverned that its distant deserts in the southwest have become a refuge for al-Qaeda fighters fleeing the French offensive in Mali.” Prior to the decision to...

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New 3 June: Industrial Hemp Bill This Week?

The United States Senate may vote this week on an amendment that would eliminate the Controlled Substances Act prohibition on growing industrial hemp. Sen. Ron Wyden has introduced in the Senate his Industrial Hemp Farming Act as Amendment 952 to the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act (S. 954). Sen. Wyden's amendment is similar in wording to the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. Rep. Ron Paul introduced previously and Rep. Thomas Massie has reintroduced in the House of Representatives. Below is...

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US Government Spying: Constructing a 'Turnkey Totalitarian State'?

Those Old Colonial Lusts

photo: Zachary BaumgartnerThat old colonial impulse keeps coming back. This past week, Britain and France pushed the rest of the European Union to lift the arms embargo in Syria – which in plain English means outright military intervention in that nation’s civil war.Let’s recall that Britain once ruled a quarter of the earth’s surface and most of its oceans. France ruled much of West Africa, the Sahara and, after Word War I, what are today Syria and Lebanon. Britain ruled much of the rest of...

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McCain’s ‘Moving Experience’

After meeting with Al Qaeda-aligned rebels in Syria, McCain describes the “moving experience” that he had: “It was a very moving experience to meet these fighters who have been struggling now for over two years.” McCain then followed with a plea for more U.S. assistance to the rebels: “Their message was, to be frank with you: they do not understand,” he said. “They do not understand why we won’t help them. McCain also cannot understand why Americans are against intervention in Syria. Here are...

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McCain Spends Memorial Day with Al-Qaeda Allies

Senator John McCain snuck into Syria this Memorial Day to spend the day with the terrorist-affiliated Free Syrian Army, in violation of both Syrian Law and likely of international law. While meeting with the Syrian insurgents and FSA Commander, Gen. Salem Idris, McCain likely assured his allies that it was only a matter of time before the US began overtly transferring the weapons it is currently facilitating covertly.Gen. Idriss is the conduit for hundreds of millions of dollars in US aid, and...

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Beating the Benghazi Horse

Jennifer Rubin, one of Washington Post’s neoconservative gate-keepers, is still trying to obfuscate the real issue behind what happened in Benghazi in 2011. Over the weekend, Rubin wrote: “The biggest scandal regarding Benghazi may be that the president was not at the helm on 9-11-2011 and was not directing the response to an attack.” Yet, one must look beyond the superficial to locate the heart of what happened in Benghazi. As Ron Paul pointed out: "there was little extremism in Libya before...

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WaPo’s Fred Hiatt: Obama’s ‘Turn Inward’ Puts Us All At Risk!

In yesterday’s Washington Post, neo-conservative editorial page editor Fred Hiatt has a panic attack over the (imagined by him) possibility that President Obama is in his second term beginning to ponder some of the limitations of US interventionism world-wide. On the proposed withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan next year, after 13 years of war, Hiatt claims: “To say the war will end because U.S. troops are gone is like the toddler who imagines no one can see him when he closes his eyes....

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Bill Kristol’s Empire of Death

Non-interventionists can learn a great deal by observing when the differing factions of the neo-conservative enterprise take to exposing each other. Take the Left-neocon New Republic, a magazine that hemorrhages money at such a rate that it literally had a hard time being given away until Facebook kid mega-millionaire Chris Hughes decided to snatch it up with pocket change as a child's toy. Hughes was a deep-pockets campaign supporter of the hyper-interventionist Obama, and in his new...

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