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Major Drug War Expansion on Senate Agenda This Week

The so-called immigration bill the United States Senate is considering this week (S.744) is about much more than immigration laws. As Ted Hesson explains at ABC News, the bill would significantly expand the US Border Patrol's already large role in the US government's war on drugs. Putting the legislation in context, San Antonio Express-News columnist O. Ricardo Pimental advises that the legislation advances what he calls the "growing border-industrial complex," which operates much like the...

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Why Is No One Listening to the US Government?

Why Is No One Listening to the US Government?

photo: See-ming Lee 李思明 SMLThe US government is in panic mode over the apparently successful escape of NSA leaker Ed Snowden from Hong Kong. US government officials are swinging wildly at any target in sight while howling at the disintegrating illusion of US omnipotence. The rest of the world will not do what they demand. They will not hand over Edward Snowden. The injustice!White House Spokesman Jay Carney screams at China: "We are just not buying that this was a technical decision by a Hong...

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Now That Syria Door is Open, Neo Cons Marching In

Now that President Obama has officially opened the Syrian door, neocons are tripping over themselves to pile in and deepen the US commitment. For the neocon warmonger, the toughest battle is getting that initial opening. Neocons have been persistently aggressive during the entirety of the Syrian conflict, and have said whatever was necessary to get Obama to overtly commit. Unfortunately, they’ve once again received their wish. Obama has stated that the U.S. will send “small arms” and...

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Farm Freedom: US House Votes for Pro-Hemp Amendment

The United States House of Representatives voted 225-220 on Thursday to remove the US government prohibition on colleges and universities growing industrial hemp for research purposes in compliance with state laws. The vote was taken on an amendment offered by Rep. Jared Polis and cosponsors Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Thomas Massie during consideration of the farm bill (H.R. 1947). While the farm bill failed to pass in the House, the amendment vote has established majority support in the House...

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Why Is No One Listening to the US Government?

Obama Chooses Intensified but Strategically Useless Violence over Serious Diplomacy in Syria

Last week, Hillary Mann Leverett told Al Jazeera’s Inside Story, see here, that the Obama administration’s recent decision to begin providing direct military aid to Syrian rebels is “a signal to the rest of the world, particularly to…those who are looking to deal with Syria politically, in a negotiated way, that the United States is not serious about that.  The United States is much more serious about ensuring a continued quagmire in Syria, to keep both the Assad government and the rebels...

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Why Is No One Listening to the US Government?

A Tipping Point in Syria Conflict

photo: FreedomHouseThe Guardian newspaper featured on Friday an infinitely sad picture of a Syrian young boy, hardly nine or ten years old, crossing a street holding an old rifle with bayonet. He apparently belongs to the ‘Martyrs of Maaret al-Nuan’ battalion holding control of the southern town of Maaret al-Numan. Child soldiers in a cradle of the Islamic culture and civilization and in one of the most modern societies in the Arab world – this would have been unthinkable. The western powers...

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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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Why Is No One Listening to the US Government?

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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