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Hornberger's Blog is a daily libertarian blog written by Jacob G. Hornberger, founder and president of FFF.
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Pull Out of Korea (and Everywhere Else)

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Notwithstanding its occupations of two nations — Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. Empire is at it again, fulfilling its role as the world’s international policeman, this time with respect to North Korea. Americans should hope that things don’t get out of control because if they do, there is little doubt that if war were ...

Padilla’s Lawsuit against Yoo to Proceed

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Former Justice Department lawyer John Yoo, who authored some of infamous torture memos for the Bush administration, has just received an adverse ruling in a federal lawsuit brought by Jose Padilla, the American citizen who was incarcerated and tortured for several years by the U.S. military. Padilla had been arrested on American soil on suspicion ...

Kahre’s Prosecutors Are Going Nutso

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I have a hunch that things are not going well for the prosecution in the case of U.S. vs. Robert Kahre, which I blogged about last week. The reason that I say that is that it would seem the most likely explanation for the Las Vegas U.S. Attorney’s office going what can only be described as nutso. You’re not ...

The Idiocy of Gun Control

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The news media is reporting that an armed man shot and killed a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum yesterday with a 22-caliber rifle. That’s impossible. It just cannot be true. Don’t the media know that the Holocaust Museum is located in Washington, D.C.? Don’t they know that despite the recent U.S. Supreme Court ...

Who Are They Protecting?

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The Pentagon and the CIA are opposing the release of photographs that depict the torture and sex abuse of prisoners and detainees while in their custody. The basis for their objection is “national security.” Their argument goes like this: “Our personnel have done some horrendous things to people in our custody, so horrendous that we ...

Boumediene Confirms the Wisdom of Our Ancestors

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In the debates leading up to the enactment of the U.S. Constitution, our American ancestors made a demand. If we accept the Constitution and the federal government it is calling into existence, they said, then we demand passage of a Bill of Rights immediately after the Constitution is adopted. The reason they made that demand ...

Pull Medicare and Medicaid Out by the Root

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When I was kid growing up on a farm outside Laredo, Texas, I had the rather unfortunate experience of having to rid our lawn of weeds. The important thing I learned about weeds is that to get rid of them permanently, you have to pull them out by the root. If you simply cut off the branches or the ...

Obama, Like Bush, Just Doesn’t Get It

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President Obama is in Cairo to deliver a major address to the Muslim world, which no doubt will explain that the U.S. government loves the people of the Middle East and is doing all sorts of good things to them. Alas, President Obama, like his predecessor, just doesn’t get it. The reason that people in the Middle East are angry ...

Consumer Sovereignty vs. Government Sovereignty

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Hope springs eternal, at least for the socialists. Despite the fact that socialism has failed all over the world to raise people’s standard of living, socialists continue to hope that someone will finally prove that socialism will work. The latest hope arises with the U.S. government’s decision to become the majority owner of General ...

Hornberger’s Blog, June 2009

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009 Seven Days in May by Jacob G. Hornberger The military coup in Honduras, which some U.S. conservatives are already hailing as a pro-democracy coup, as they did after military strongman Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s military coup in Chile, brings to mind a fantastic movie — Seven Days in May, starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, and ...

Loving Freedom While Destroying It

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A few days after 9/11, a friend of mine at the conservative Heritage Foundation proudly exclaimed to me that Heritage had immediately jumped out in favor of the Bush administration’s war on terrorism, with positions papers and articles. At the same time, Heritage continued to carry the same mission statement on its website: “to ...
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